Private schools in city claim students safe with them
The private schools in Guwahati claim that they have all the safety and security norms in place and the students are safe in their schools. Principal of Don Bosco School, Pan Bazar, Father Sebastian Mathews, talking to G Plus said, “The situation as we see around has become more and more fragile and the responsibilities of schools have increased.” He said that in his institution certain things are in place so that such kinds of incidents cannot occur. He said that there is no hidden place in Don Bosco which children can access. He said that the toilets in the schools are located in visible places which can be seen from all corners and there are different toilets for girls, boys, faculty and the fourth grade employees. He said, “We don’t foresee any such incidents happening in our school.”
Chairman of Royal Global School, Ashok Pansari, talking to G Plus, said that CBSE has just issued a few guidelines but there are various other security concerns in schools. He said his school had many security measures in place even prior to getting the CBSE notice as the CBSE guidelines are not inclusive. He said that the entire classrooms and other co-curricular activity rooms have CCTV cameras. CCTV cameras are also installed in important areas in the corridors and especially outside the toilets. The big CCTV cameras are also installed in the open areas of the campus so that these are also under constant surveillance. He said that after the Ryan Institute incident people are just concerned about the toilets in the schools and the verification of the employees but there are a hundred other issues. He said that in Royal Global School there are separate toilets earmarked for fourth grade employees like peons, aayas, housekeeping staff etc separately for males and females.
City Joint Commissioner of Police, Diganta Bora, talking to G Plus said, “All the schools should get police verification done by the police but I don’t know how many of them have applied for it.” He said that the issue was raised several times earlier when the Supreme Court directions came regarding police verification of the drivers and handymen but he said that he doesn’t know how far it is complied with. He said it is a mandatory requirement according to the Supreme Court guidelines but he said that if the school authorities are not following there is no penal provision on it as of now. He said, “If something happens only then they can be made liable.”
Meanwhile, the city police commissionerate has not yet mandated tenant or employee verification in spite of three years of its formation.
Private schools in Guwahati claim that they have all the safety and security norms in place