KV cam­puses ramp up se­cu­rity

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN HAS MADE DEPUTIES OF THE AREA RE­SPON­SI­BLE FOR ANY VI­O­LA­TIONS OF NEW STAN­DARD SAFETY PRO­CE­DURES

NEW DELHI: Days af­ter the cen­tral board of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) is­sued safety guide­lines for af­fil­i­ated schools fol­low­ing the mur­der of a 8-year-old boy in a Gur­gaon School, Kendriya Vidyalyas (KVs) has also is­sued a sim­i­lar di­rec­tive to schools.

The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), un­der the min­istry of hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (HRD), has made deputy com­mis­sion­ers of the area re­spon­si­ble for any vi­o­la­tions of th­ese stan­dard safety pro­ce­dures.

School author­i­ties have been asked to mon­i­tor the work of watch and ward ser­vices while also main­tain­ing a CCTV sur­veil­lance sys­tem on cam­pus. Up­keep of the school build­ing, po­lice ver­i­fi­ca­tion of all staff en­gaged on con­tract or out­sourced staff are some of the other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“Safety and se­cu­rity of stu­dents is a para­mount con­cern for the KVs hence any lapses and dere­lic­tion of duty at any level will be viewed se­ri­ously. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of deputy com­mis­sion­ers to en­sure and mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­quired safety mea­sures ef­fec­tively in all KVs in their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tion,” reads the cir­cu­lar is­sued by the Sangathan.

It fur­ther states that the re­cent mishaps as re­ported in var­i­ous schools of the coun­try are quite alarm­ing. There are more than 1,100-odd KVs in the coun­try, where more than 1.2 mil­lion stu­dents study.

“Th­ese in­ci­dents re­flect lapses of stu­dent safety norms and un­der­line the need to strengthen our ex­ist­ing sys­tem to make KVs safe places for stu­dents,” it fur­ther points out.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior KV of­fi­cial, sev­eral em­bar­ras­ing in­ci­dents have re­cently been cir­cu­lated in the me­dia.

“It is per­ti­nent to men­tion that on re­ceipt of re­ports ... the KVS has al­ready ini­ti­ated dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against erring of­fi­cials,” he said.

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