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Unsafe schools for children

Saturday - September 16, 2017 10:41 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

Unsafe schools for children

 
By Jaya Khare
The recent case of death of a 7-yr-old child at a posh Gurugram school has once again brought the question of children’s safety in schools to the forefront. The more disturbing fact is that cases of abuse or maltreatment of children are on the rise or at least being reported more frequently these days across the country—be it government schools or elite private schools. Somewhere there is the teacher who breaks a student’s hand due to some innocuous mischief, while elsewhere there is another who punishes a girl by making her stand in a boys’ toilet.

 It is not just gardeners, sweepers or bus conductors who are posing risk to students, even teachers are merciless when it comes to reprimanding the kids. The schools need to have a very strict monitoring and screening system. People not fit to handle children should not be appointed just by virtue of their degree or experience. 

A psychometric test too must be mandatorily conducted to test their mental inclinations. Same holds for other staffers the schools appoint. Most of the group C and D staffers are selected without much background check, let alone any psychological testing. We never know what kind of people they are, what their history or antecedents are, what are their proclivities, obsessions, and follies. Such staffers are aplenty in all schools and roam about freely on myriad errands, often willy-nilly mingling in children. 

Who takes guarantee that they are safe? Many schools don’t even have CCTV cams in place. Had there been a ban on entry of miscellaneous staffers like the bus conductor or the janitor or gardener to students’ washroom, the gory incident would not have happened. This was clearly a violation of basic norms by Ryan International authorities. 

The Gurugram incident should come as a wakeup call for all schools to spruce up their security system. Policymakers, guardians and other stakeholders should also be aware, cautious and force school managements to abide by rules that ensure the highest safety to their kids. There can be no compromise and laxity allowed when it comes to the life of children. 

It is everyone’s concern and each responsible member of society has the right and duty to question and force the schools to comply with rules that uphold the best practices. Schools are considered safe and secure campuses for children and they are supposed to be so. If incidents happen on the school campus itself, where are our boys and girls safe? There can be no greater crime than killing small children and the perpetrators of such heinous crime must get exemplary punishment at the earliest.-Window To News


 
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