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Making the schools safer for students: CBSE decides to launch safety audit of all the affiliated institutions

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to take up the safety audit of all the affiliated schools from the first week of January 2018. According to the sources, the board is likely to form district level committees to file a status report in this regard.


On September 12, 2017, the CBSE had issued detailed guidelines on making the schools safer for the students. This two-page guideline included various measures to ensure that the students will not face any problems on the campus. These guidelines were issued following the murder of an 8-year-old student inside a private school campus in Noida on September 8.


As per the guidelines, the board has directed all the schools to carry out security /safety audit done on their premises with the help of personnel from their respective local police station. The board had asked all the schools to install CCTV cameras at all the vulnerable areas/points in the school premises and ensure that they are functional at all times. The schools were also directed to get the police verification and psychometric evaluation of all the staff employed including non-teaching staff such as, bus drivers, conductors, peon and other support staff.


Hiring the supporting staff from the authorized agencies, mandatory parent-teacher-students committee to address the safety needs of the students and to take regular feedback from parents in this regard, monitoring the access to school building by outsiders and visitors, providing training for staff to address their responsibilities to protect children from any form of abuse, constitution of separate committees for redressal of public/staff/parents/students grievances, internal complaints and committee on sexual harassment and committees under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) Act, 2012, were the highlights of these guidelines.

According to the board officials, all the schools were given two months' time to implement the guidelines. "We have decided to take up the safety audit of all the affiliated schools at the earliest to ensure that all the schools are following our guidelines completely and schools are safer for students. We will finalise the schedule soon," concluded a senior official privy to the development.

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