Weekly check of students bags in 150 city schools
Deputy director of education Ramchandra Jadhav on Wednesday said school bags of students will be checked once a week in the wake of two murder cases involving juveniles here.
Jadhav held a long meeting with school principals on the ways to keep the students away from violence. "The main agenda was how to maintain discipline and keep a check on mischievous students. We have decided to conduct random weekly check of school bags in presence of headmasters and a fortnightly check in presence of education department officials," he Jadhav.
The exercise will start in more than 150 schools in the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits from next week. In both the murder cases reported last month, the students had carried weapons in their school bags.
Jadhav said the headmasters have agreed to entrust physical training teachers with more responsibilities such as increasing rounds around school premises and keeping a watch on the students. Many schools have agreed to hire special employees for the children's security."We will be instructing all schools to create a register of mischievous students, prepare their case history and counsel them. We should all ensure that they do not resort to illegal activities," Jadhav said.
Some private schools have in the meantime announced to have counsellors for the students facing stress. "The teachers will prepare a list of such students and observe their behaviour in schools. Students inclined towards violence and crime will be provided with special counselling at the school level itself," said Prakash Shinde, principal of a leading private school here.
The school heads have also agreed to conduct parents-teachers meetings with more seriousness. "It is very common in middle schools that parents are negligent about PTA meetings. Most of the times, parents hardly attend the school meetings. Parents should meet school authorities more frequently and share the views about their wards on a serious note," said Vishakha Dave, a teacher representative who attended the meeting.