CBSE wants schools to get at­tached to near­est hos­pi­tal


Fol­low­ing the Pradyu­man Thakur mur­der in Gur­gaon’s Ryan school, the Cen­tral Board of Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) is mulling to make it manda­tory for all schools (both gov­ern­ment and pri­vate) af­fil­i­ated to CBSE to get at­tached to a multi-spe­cial­ity hos­pi­tal or nurs­ing home si­t­u­ated near the school. The move is aimed at pro­vid­ing im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tion to stu­dents at the time of an emer­gency as the med­i­cal rooms in schools are not equipped to han­dle life-threat­en­ing cases.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the fi­nal de­ci­sion in this re­gard would be taken after some more rounds of dis­cus­sion with all con­cerned stake­hold­ers. “The CBSE is work­ing on mak­ing some of the guide­lines is­sued by Na­tional Disas­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (NDMA) on na­tional school safety ‘manda­tory’ to strengthen the safety in schools. Given that the NDMA in its guide­lines had sug­gested iden­ti­fy­ing near­est hos­pi­tals for emer­gency treat­ment, the CBSE is plan­ning to in­clude the rule in its fi­nal guide­lines,” the source said.

Ex­plain­ing the rule, the source said, “Every school would have to iden­tify the near­est hos­pi­tal within the vicin­ity of one to five kilo­me­tres so that at the time of any med­i­cal emer­gency in schools, spe­cial­ist doc­tors would be avail­able to pro­vide their ser­vices and stu­dents in need get prompt treat­ment.”

The pro­posal was ini­ti­ated after it was found that most of the schools were not fol­low­ing the guide­lines is­sued by NDMA on school safety. The fi­nal CBSE guide­lines, which is in the fi­nal stage, would have the pro­vi­sion of puni­tive pu­n­ish­ment if schools are found vi­o­lat­ing the norm, the source said.

There are about 18,000 schools which are af­fil­i­ated to CBSE in the coun­try, while some 5,000 schools are af­fil­i­ated to Indian Cer­tifi­cate of Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion (ICSE) board.

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