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Okhla school owners, parents should know about Kejriwal govt’s new directives

Taking serious note of the ghastly incident in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School last week in which Class II student Pradhuman Thakur was murdered on the campus, the Delhi Government has made a few things mandatory for Delhi schools, like installation of CCTVs covering their entire premises and police verification of non-teaching staff within three weeks.

The move has been taken to make school premises safe after several incidents, including alleged rape of five-year-old girl at her school in Shahdara, have surfaced.

“All schools, whether government-run or private, will have to mandatorily install CCTV cameras in classrooms, washroom area and playgrounds as well. Schools have been asked to conduct police verification of all their non-teaching staff be it sanitation workers, security staff or drivers, within three weeks,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reported on Monday after holding a meeting of school principals, police officers and other stakeholders on the issue of safety of students.

Also, he has formed a high level- committee to frame guidelines.

Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, said the rape of the five-year-old girl by a school peon on September 9 is also another unfortunate incident and a magisterial probe has been ordered in it.

“The committee will look into all aspects be it transport safety or the conduct of the non-teaching staff and submit its recommendations within a month,” Sisodia said.

As these measures have been taken for safety of children it is expected that schools in Okhla will follow suit and parents too should be aware about them.

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