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School, college campuses to be sensitive zones

Once government gives the green light, even parents have to take permission to enter

Published: 15th July 2017 02:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2017 10:27 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Schools and colleges across the state will soon be declared sensitive zones to prevent unauthorised persons from entering campuses and creating a ruckus.

The Department of Primary and Secondary Education has decided to take this step following the recent incident wherein some people entered a school campus, saying they were parents, and tried to attack the management and staffers.  Now, once the government gives its nod to the proposal, even parents must take permission from the school management to enter the premises. “Visiting hours will be fixed for parents also. Those who wish to meet any teacher, principal or management representative should come only during the visiting hours,” said Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait.
Recently, private school managements also submitted a representation to the minister requesting the government to bring in some law in this regard.

Explaining the reason behind the decision, Sait said, “There were incidents wherein local leaders, activists and organisations entered school premises in the name of protests. Such incidents lead to security issues inside school and college campuses.”

Representatives from any organisations will be strictly banned from entering campuses. In case their wards are in the school, they have to submit a letter  stating that “they are going to meet the person related to the school for their wards’ academic purpose.”

Sait said there were allegations of extortion against some organisations and activists. “I have even heard complaints against some activists and organisations blackmailing school managements and demanding money. In such cases, school managements must give a complaint to the department and police,” he said.

Protester blacklisted

In a case filed by private schools, the High Court has blacklisted a particular activist who used to stage protests against school managements using kids and parents. School managements have filed a case questioning his motive as in one such protest, he forced kids to be half naked.



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