New Delhi, August 21, 2018: The Delhi government has warned schools in the national capital of withdrawal of recognition and initiation of disciplinary proceedings against principals if student safety guidelines are not complied with according to reports published in indiatoday.in
“In case of some schools, the status of compliance is even more worrisome. No wonder then, that there is no respite in the number of various types of physical, emotional and sexual assaults on school children-within the school boundaries and outside,” it said.
STUDENT SAFETY SHOULD BE THE MAIN MOTIVE: DELHI GOVERNMENT
“In fact, such incidents are on the rise. In such a grim scenario, it is felt that the half-hearted approach won’t work anymore. If our schools are serious about providing foolproof safety and security to the innocent children whose parents trust us and only, therefore, they entrust us with the responsibility of their wards), then they must ensure compliance of the directions,” the official order said.
ACTION AGAINST SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL HEADS
The department has said that it “shall initiate disciplinary proceedings against the heads of schools and estate managers if they fail to follow the tenets of student safety guidelines in word and spirit”.
“Further, this directorate will be constrained to initiate equally severe action against the schools, including withdrawal of recognition in cases of repeated and deliberate non-compliance to pre-empt any untoward incident endangering the safety of students and thus, inculcate a sense of confidence among the students and their parents”, it added according to reports published in indiatoday.in
GUIDELINES ISSUED AFTER TWO HIGH-LEVEL INCIDENTS
The guidelines were issued following recommendations from a high-level committee which was formed in the wake of the murder of a seven-year-old boy in a Gurgaon school and alleged rape of a five-year-old girl in a school in Shahdara.