BANGALORE: Principals of two reputed schools in the city have suggested training and orientation for male staff to ensure safety of children on campus.
Princess Franklyn, principal of Bishop Cotton Girls School, agrees with the general perception that safety of children on the campus is the sole responsibility of the school. In that direction, proper orientation of male staff, both teaching and non-teaching, is important, she told Express.
Male staff should be strictly instructed not to touch girl students, even if they fall. “Let ayahs (female help) take care of them. Lady staffers should ensure children never go out of their sight,” she said.
Helpless young ones are in the care of teachers and they should be extra-careful, she said.
In her view, women staff should be watchful about the conduct of their male counterparts, both teaching and non-teaching. “In case they find anything suspicious, they should immediately bring it to the notice of the higher-ups,” she said.
Mobile phones should be strictly prohibited on the campus, she suggested. “Most people with mobiles have an Internet connection. When they have no work, they go online and see all sorts of rubbish,” she said.
Eye on Vendors
Manila Carvalho, principal of DPS Bangalore East, said strict laws can deter crimes against children.
“Also, every school employee should take ownership and be alert to the goings-on. Talks and seminars can help them develop a positive attitude towards the children under their care,” she said.
She called for a vigilant eye on “vendors entering the campus”. Visitors should not be allowed beyond the administrative area. Teachers and ayahs at the school as well as in the buses must be sensitised regularly, she suggested.
Parents and teachers should set aside time to hear out children, who in turn should be empowered to report their concerns every day, she said.