CBSE is­sues safety guide­lines for schools

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NEW DELHI: Plac­ing the onus on schools for safety of stu­dents on their premises, the CBSE on Thurs­day is­sued new se­cu­rity-re­lated guide­lines to be im­ple­mented by the in­sti­tu­tions, fail­ing which they would face dere­cog­ni­tion.

The guide­lines come amid in­creased con­cerns about safety of stu­dents in school premises fol­low­ing the killing of a seven-year-old stu­dent in a Gur­gaon school and the rape of a five-year-old girl by a school peon in Delhi.

Safety au­dits, in­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras, police ver­i­fi­ca­tion, psy­cho­me­t­ric eval­u­a­tion, con­sti­tu­tion of par­ent-teacher-stu­dents com­mit­tees to ad­dress safety needs of the stu­dents and tak­ing reg­u­lar feed­back from par­ents are among the mea­sures pre­scribed by the board.

“The onus for safety and se­cu­rity of chil­dren in school cam­pus shall solely lie upon the school author­i­ties. It is a fun­da­men­tal right of a child to en­gage and study in an en­vi­ron­ment where he/she feels safe and is free from any form of phys­i­cal or emo­tional abuse or ha­rass­ment,” the CBSE di­rec­tive states.

It also says that ac­cess to the school build­ing by out­siders should be con­trolled and vis­i­tors mon­i­tored.

“Train­ing should be pro­vided to the school staff to ad­dress their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to pro­tect chil­dren from any form of abuse,” the di­rec­tive says.

“Any vi­o­la­tion/lapses with re­gard to safety and well be­ing of chil­dren in school cam­pus would in­vite ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion in­clud­ing the dis­af­fil­i­a­tion of the school as per the pro­vi­sions un­der af­fil­i­a­tion by-laws of the board,” it adds.

The schools have also been asked to con­sti­tute sep­a­rate com­mit­tees for re­dres­sal of griev­ances of the pub­lic, staff, par­ents and stu­dents, an In­ter­nal Com­plaints com­mit­tee on sex­ual ha­rass­ment, and com­mit­tees un­der POCSO (Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fence) Act, 2012.

“De­tails of the these com­mit­tees along with con­tact de­tails shall be dis­played promi­nently on school no­tice board and con­spic­u­ously on the school web­site for in­for­ma­tion of all stake­hold­ers,” the com­mu­ni­ca­tion sent to schools says.

En­sur­ing em­ploy­ment of sup­port staff only from au­tho­rised agen­cies and main­tenance of proper records is an­other one of the guide­lines.

The CBSE last Satur­day formed a panel to probe whether the stu­dent’s death in Gur­gaon oc­curred due to neg­li­gence on the part of the school author­i­ties and if the school had adopted all safety mea­sures as per CBSE af­fil­i­a­tion by-laws.

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