SCHOOLS IN PUNE GET NEW NORMS FOR TRIPS; CITY SCHOOLS NEXT?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: In or­der to make school trips safer, the deputy di­rec­torate of education for Pune divi­sion has asked all schools to link their trips to the cur­ricu­lum and fix the desti­na­tion and du­ra­tion de­pend­ing on the chil­dren’s age.

The cir­cu­lar, is­sued on Thurs­day, came af­ter the death of 14 col­lege stu­dents from Pune dur­ing a trip to the Mu­rud Janjira beach on Fe­bru­ary 1.

Ex­perts have de­manded that city schools, too, be asked to fol­low th­ese rules, which were drawn up af­ter dis­cus­sions with schools and par­ents.

The guide­lines, which will be added t o ex­ist­ing rules for trips, state that schools should not take pre- pri­mary and pri­mary stu­dents on long trips, which in­volve overnight stays and far­away lo­ca­tions. Also, schools should se­lect age- ap­pro­pri­ate des­ti­na­tions, which of­fer ed­u­ca­tional value to the stu­dents.

“Stu­dents in pre- pri­mary and pri­mary are too small to be taken to out- of- the- state des­ti­na­tions, as it poses sev­eral risks,” said Ram­chan­dra Jad­hav, deputy di­rec­tor, Pune divi­sion, which in­cludes Pune and So­la­pur dis­tricts. “Schools can take stu­dents to wa­ter-bod­ies and hill- sta­tions, but only if they take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their safety.”

Ex­perts from the city de­manded that sim­i­lar guide­lines be framed for Mum­bai re­gion as well.

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