Pune: In order to ensure that children are secure while on the school premises, the police as well as the Regional Transport Office (RTO) have urged schools to be more sensitive to safety issues. They have also appealed to parents to be aware of government initiatives and monitor the measures taken by schools regularly.
In a recent interaction with principals and teachers from several schools in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla guided school representatives on what could be done to ensure students’ safety on the campus, besides usual steps like installing CCTV cameras and conducting background verification of staff.
“Nowadays, many schools have started conducting psychological tests of their non-teaching staff in order to monitor their behavioural traits and changes. This must be done by all schools. Also, CCTV cameras shouldn’t just be installed, but their footage should be checked regularly and shown to parents during meetings. Complaints against staff from children and parents should be taken seriously and staff should be dismissed after three negative feedbacks,” Shukla said.
On conducting regular security management audits, Shukla said, “The schools can contact nearby police stations and call police officers for conducting security audits. Apart from this, the principals and teachers should regularly monitor the camera footage as well as the behaviour of staff and children. Being alert can prevent many such cases.”
She urged teachers to take responsibility of students’ safety, as police cannot be present everywhere all the time.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam said that the verification of the staff should be done on a regular basis. “As of now, there is no validity as such on background check certificates. However, it’s safe to get it done regularly. If a person is working with your school for say five years, you never know how much he can change in those five years. So it’s necessary that after a couple of years, you check his/ her records again.”
Pune police’s ‘Police Kaka’ programme
The Police Kaka programme gained momentum across city schools after the Gurugram incident and the police suggested that schools invite Police Kakas to interact with students to guide them on reporting undesirable incidents.
Transport panel suggested
Babasaheb Ajri, Regional Transport Officer, Pune, said, “We are responsible to check vehicles as well as badge of drivers, permit of bus, etc. We have told the Education Department to ask schools to provide lady conductors in buses even if a single girl is travelling in that bus. We are not authorised to take action here, the action should be taken by the Education Department. We have already suggested setting up a transport committee at every school, which includes education department officials, schools representatives, parents, RTO officials and the police. It will help everyone to help solve the issues.”