ICSE Schools to tighten safety & Follow newly launched safety manual
In view of the incidents in Ryan International School in Gurugram and GD Birla School in Kolkata last year, Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), is coming up with a detailed and upgraded safety manual for children and teachers for the 2,300-plus ISCE schools in India and abroad in the third week of April.
- The manual is a detailed guideline in form of a book, which must be followed across the country in all ICSE schools.
- Chief executive & secretary of CISCE Gerry Arathoon said “The manual will be sent to the schools in third week of April”.
- According to Arathoon, the safety manual will be upgraded on the website of the CISCE and sent to the schools. Simultaneously, the School Safety Manual will be dispatched to all the schools across the country and abroad.
“The manual has been designed with an eye towards safety of children and lady teachers. There are more lady teachers in the schools than male teachers. The schools should follow the rules and guidelines given in the manual. We had a manual in 2005 but there was no CCTVs at the time. So we have created this up-to-date handbook,” he told media persons at the sidelines of a programme.
The safety manual encompasses a whole gamut of issues, like setting up of a School Safety Committee, which will involve teachers, parents and students, adopting of new technologies to ensure safety of the students, creating awareness about electrical, fire, water, lab and other hazards, feedback mechanism, ensuring prevention of all sorts of verbal, emotional,sexual, mental and physical abuse by teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and precautions in that connection.
West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Union Minister for External Affairs (State) MJ Akbar, MP Sudip Bandopadhyay and several other state ministers were present at the programme.
Reference: Mumbai Mirror