Panel to Look Into Schools’ Concerns

Published: 26th September 2014 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2014 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: City Police Commissioner M N Reddi on Thursday sought a report on schools which have said they cannot implement the nine-point safety guidelines issued by the police.

At a meeting with school management at the commissioner’s office, a committee was formed to look into the concerns raised by schools over implementation of the guidelines. The panel includes the joint director of the Education Department, a nodal officer from the Police Department and representatives of the Transport Department, BBMP, traffic police and school managements. It has to submit a report within a week, categorising the schools and explaining what guidelines they are not equipped to implement.

Another concern raised by the schools is the deadline to implement the guidelines.

What the  Schools Say

After the meeting, Reddi told reporters that the discussion was held following the High Court directive to the police to adopt a handshake approach on the issue. “Some schools have expressed difficulties in implementing (some) points in the guidelines. While a few schools have financial constraints, others say they (points) simply cannot be implemented,” he said.D Shashi Kumar, organising secretary of the Karnataka Private School Joint Action Committee (KSPJAC), said budget private schools cannot afford to install GPS.

“And if schools recruit guards to work in three shifts, then they have to pay a minimum of `1.5 lakh a month to security agencies. This will be a huge financial burden,” he said.One of the safety points says female attendants should be present in school buses, both to and from the institute. Kumar called this implausible as it puts the female staff at risk as they would have to arrive at schools early every morning. He added that not many women respond to job advertisements in the first place. 

Meanwhile, Reddi said safety of children is not negotiable, but the police were open to exploring alternative security arrangements.

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