Schools to strictly adhere to students’ safety norms

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Sep 2017 10:01:34

Staff Reporter,

Central Board of Secondary School (CBSE) has asked its affiliated schools to strictly follow guidelines of Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) regarding student’s safety.The ministry has issued a comprehensive set of guidelines regarding preventive mechanisms and procedures for institutionalising a system to ensure safety and security of children in schools.

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. Moreover, schools should also strive to promote a better understanding amongst their teachers and staff on the laws protecting the safety, security and interests of the students and device means to take immediate remedial and punitive action against such violations.

The board has also from time to time issued instructions to implement and sensitise the schools for ensuring the safety and security of students during school time and while in transit to school and back home. These exhaustive provisions are required to be strictly followed by every school affiliated with CBSE to ensure complete safety of school children in school. In addition, the school authorities may immediately take following measures to enhance the security of children in schools.

Get the security safety audit done of their premises and personnel from their respective local police station and follow the security related advice for the safety of school children. This may be complied and reported online on CBSE website within two months of receipt of this circular. Install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable areas in the campus. They must get the police verification and psychometric evaluation done for all the staff employed. Such verification and evaluation for non-teaching staff such as, bus drivers, conductors, peon and other support staff may be done very carefully and in a detailed manner.

Ensure that supporting staff is employed only from authorised agencies and proper records are maintained. To constitute a parent-teacher-students committee to address the safety needs of the students and to take regular feedback from parents in this regard. The access to school building by outsiders should be controlled and visitors monitored. Provide training and development for staff to address their responsibilities to protect children from any form of abuse.

Schools should constitute separate committees for redressal of public, staff, parents, students grievances, internal complaints committee on sexual harassment and committees under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) Act, 2012 and 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.It is reiterated that all schools are directed to strictly adhere to all the guidelines issued by MHRD and Board. Any violation with regard to safety would invite appropriate action including disaffiliation of the school under Affiliation Bye-Laws of the Board.