School managements to take care of students’ security

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, in a written reply
to the state legislative assembly, informed that the management and heads of
schools have been advised to devise their own methodology for the safety and
security of the students keeping in mind the local and special situation of the

“The guidelines to safeguard children including girls, in
the school have been issued,” he added.

Sawant, who also holds the Education portfolio, said that
as per the guidelines the students shall not be permitted to leave the school
premises during school hours unless written request from the parents, no
sellers, hawkers or agent shall be allowed in school premises to carry out any
business or trade and adequate care would be taken to see that no student is left
alone in the classroom during school hours.

The guidelines also state that in case the child is not
picked up by the parents till the end of office hours, the school authority
shall ensure that adequate arrangements are made to reach the child at home, a
lady teacher shall accompany the girl students when they go out of the school
campus for competitions, sports meet or school excursions, the schools without
compound wall shall make efforts to construct it from safety point of view, the
school management and head of the institution shall make proper and adequate
arrangement for safety and security of students and the school building shall
be thoroughly checked before closing of the school.

The written reply, which was tabled in the House on
Monday, in response to a question from Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Wilfred D’Sa,
further stated that in all, 85 counsellors have been appointed in schools from
April 1, 2016 to June 15, 2019. “Altogether 275 schools have been covered by
the supervisors and counsellors,” it added.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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