Panic but­tons, breathal­y­sers for schools

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTMETRO - An­vit Sri­vas­tava an­vit.sri­vas­tava@htlive.com

We will make sure that the bound­ary walls of each school has barbed fenc­ing. Also, at the main gate, we will in­stall in­ter­com tele­phones.

AN NDMC OF­FI­CIAL

NEW DELHI: From in­stalling a panic but­ton to procur­ing breathal­y­sers, light­ing up dark spots and in­stalling barbed fenc­ing, the New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) on Fri­day an­nounced a se­ries of mea­sures to tighten se­cu­rity at its schools in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

The mea­sures were an­nounced two days af­ter a sixyear-old girl was al­legedly raped at an NDMC school, lead­ing to a protest at the school by hun­dreds of par­ents.

A se­nior NDMC of­fi­cial said un­der the new guide­lines, every per­son, other than the reg­u­lar em­ploy­ees of the school, will re­quire a vis­i­tor’s pass to en­ter the premises.

“We will make sure that the bound­ary walls of each school has barbed fenc­ing. Also, at the main gate, we will in­stall in­ter­com tele­phones and con­nect them with the school’s ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice and to the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice. An­other im­por­tant mea­sure that is be­ing taken is to in­stall CCTV cam­eras at every place in or­der to en­sure that there are no dark zone. A panic but­ton is also be­ing planned on every school cam­pus for both teach­ers and stu­dents, which can be used to raise the alarm in case of a dis­tress,” the of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity, said.

He fur­ther said breath­a­lyz­ers will be pro­cured to en­sure that none of the staff mem­bers or vis­i­tors is in an ine­bri­ated state.

Naresh Ku­mar, chair­man of the New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, said all th­ese mea­sures need to be implemented in a time­bound man­ner.

He said, in April 2017, the coun­cil had trans­ferred all male staff, in­clud­ing teach­ers, from girls’ schools. It was just last year that a male teacher and a male cler­i­cal staff were em­ployed due to a staff short­age.

The NDMC has also formed a three-mem­ber com­mit­tee that in­cludes the sec­re­tary, NDMC, di­rec­tor ed­u­ca­tion and di­rec­tor vig­i­lance to find out what went wrong, lead­ing to Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent.

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