CBSE has issued safety guidelines for all its affiliated schools.
Following the murder of 7 year old kid Pradhyuman Thakur, student of Ryan International School, CBSE has issued safety guidelines for all its affiliated schools. The CBSE circular, published on the official website, states that schools are solely responsible for the safety and security of children on campus, calling it fundamental right of the 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 guidelines issued are as follows:
- Schools will need to conduct safety/security audits of their premises and their employees from the respective police station within the next two months.
- Install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable points in the school premises and ensure that they are functional all the time.
- Police verification and psychometric evaluation must be conducted of all staff employees, emphasising this be done meticulously for non-teaching staff as well like bus conductors, drivers, peon and other support staff.
- Ensure support staff are employed by authorised agencies and maintain proper records of them as well.
- Constitute parent-teachers-student committee to address security and safety needs of students while taking regular feedback from parents as well.
- Closely monitor access to school buildings by outsiders and visitors.
- Provide training and development to staff to protect children from any form of abuse.
- Schools shall also constitute a separate committee for redressal of public, staff, students and parent grievances, internal complaint committee on sexual harassment and committee under Protection of Children from Sexual Offence(POCSO) Act. Details of all these committees along with the contact details must be displayed prominently on school notice board and conspicuously on the school website as well.
CBSE also stated that if any affiliated school fails to follow the board-issued guidelines or violates them, they might lose their affiliation.
(The content has been copied from source firstpost.com)