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For safety of your child, Okhla parents must know new security-related guidelines to be implemented by schools

A few incidents, including the murder of a small boy in Gurugram’s Ryan International School on the campus a few days ago, has compelled parents and bodies to think about students safety. Following the development, the CBSE on Thursday issued security-related guidelines to be implemented by the institutions, failing which they would face derecognition. It is something that parents in Okhla should know to make sure that local schools are implementing them so that their children are safe on the campus.

A few things told to schools included safety audits, installation of CCTV cameras, police verification, psychometric evaluation and constitution of parent-teacher-students committees. Moreover, schools have been told to take 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.

Also, schools have been strictly directed to control outsiders and monitor visitors.

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

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, the PTI reported.

“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 said.

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