Par­ents, au­thor­i­ties take steps to make school buses safer for kids

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - San­jana Bhalerao san­jana. [email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com

VASHI: The re­cent in­ci­dent of child mo­lesta­tion in a school bus has brought to the fore­front con­cern of par­ents and the re­spon­si­bil­ity of schools in en­sur­ing safety of stu­dents.

“All par­ents will agree that send­ing chil­dren by school buses or rented ve­hi­cle is a risk. It is very im­por­tant that the re­spon­si­bil­ity is shared by par­ents and school au­thor­i­ties to en­sure chil- dren’s safety. With the re­cent in­ci­dent coming to light, the first thing I have pro­posed to my child’s school is to meet their bus com­mit­tee,” said Sim­ran Kapoor, a Vashi res­i­dent.

At DAV pub­lic school, Nerul, which has more than 4,000 stu­dents, the man­age­ment has as­sured pres­ence of a teacher in ev­ery sin­gle bus. “We have a trans­port com­mit­tee which meets in ev­ery two months to reg­u­late and keep a check. Also we have at­ten­dants while stu- dents board and alight from the bus,’’ said Jose Kurian, prin­ci­pal, DAV school.

In­stalling CCTV cam­era is an­other op­tion schools are tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion. Sadhu Vaswani In­ter­na­tional school, San­pada which has al­ready in­stalled CCTVs and GPS in all buses for mon­i­tor­ing, has even pro­posed to par­ents to com­mute once in month with their chil­dren in buses and thus will help school au­thor­i­ties to make some changes if re­quired.

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