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Gurugram DC directs schools to ensure student safety

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

The Gurugram district administration will now focus on implementation of guidelines issued by the Haryana Education Department for safety of students.

Stating this, the deputy commissioner (DC), Vinay Pratap Singh, who was presiding over meeting of School Safety Committee, said ‘safety of children is priority of the administration’.

Singh said that the guidelines as regards to safety of students are mandatory, which needs to be followed in letter and spirit. He advised that the schools should get security audit done at their own level, so that when the district authorities go for checking they do not face embarrassment.

He said that a communiqué was sent to all schools of the district from his office asking them to ascertain safety of students and give undertaking in this regard. The District Education Officer, Ram Kumar Phalswal, said that 160 schools have submitted their undertakings.

The DC said that action will be taken against the schools not adhering to the guidelines, their aid may be stopped, if they are government aided or affiliation may be withdrawn if affiliated to Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE), taking over of managing committee may be done as in Ryan case and action for violation of District Magistrate’s order.

Underlining the main points of the safety issues, Singh said that the school bus should have a speed governor device, a female attendant and a qualified conductor with valid license.

Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was murdered in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School in September allegedly by a student.