Schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will henceforth take responsibility for the safety and well-being of children inside school campus.
Schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will henceforth take responsibility for the safety and well-being of children inside school campus. The CBSE board recently directed schools to adhere to safety norms with regard to school buildings to avoid accidents. The board has also directed schools to set up a special medical crisis management unit for emergency situations.
“There is a need for a continuous verification of safety measures of school buildings as prescribed by the local authorities to ensure safety of children studying in the schools,” said the circular issued by chairperson of CBSE board, Vineet Joshi.
Some of the key points of the circular are: School buildings should be safe and secure from every angle and constructed according to safety norms incorporated in the National Building Code of India; affiliated government and private schools must install fire extinguishers within a period of six months, and buildings must not store inflammable and toxic material.
The circular states evaluation of structural aspects of school buildings should be carried out periodically. “Necessary training should be imparted to staff members and other school officials to use the fire extinguishing equipment,” said Joshi. The CBSE decided to implement safety measures as per norms set by Supreme Court.
Bangalore schools affiliated to the CBSE have welcomed the decision. “I am proud to say that our school building adheres to all safety measures as prescribed by the local bodies. We have our fire extinguishers in place and children and staff members are well-trained to manage any kind of disaster caused by natural calamities,” said Manjula Raman, principal of Army Public School.
Shymala Sharma, a parent, whose son attends a CBSE school, said: “Schools are where children spend almost eight hours in a day. Unfortunately, many schools flout safety measures. The order issued by the CBSE will ensure precautionary measures will be taken to provide a safe environment to children.”