Indore: While many schools in rural areas are worried about meeting latest guidelines issued by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for ‘safety of children’, schools in Indore feel quite comfortable having most guidelines already met. Discussing the matter on behalf of Sahodaya group, secretary Manoj Bajpai said: “It is a good step to officially make rules for safety of children and I am sure all the schools are willing to adhere to the guidelines issued by CBSE.” He said safety is the responsibility of schools and most city schools ensure that with certain guidelines of their own.

“Most schools in the city are not new, they have been functioning for years and ensuring safety of children,” Bajpai said. He explained that basic security steps have already been taken by schools on their end. Discussing the circular and its affect for city schools, Bajpai said, “Though the timeline is short of two months during festive season, it is not much of an issue for most schools as we are already meeting guidelines.” He explained that almost all schools have 100 per cent staff verification documents from the police.

“As per security concerns, almost all schools have lady attendants in buses,” Bajpai said. He added that some buses have functional camera, while others are installing in the school buses. “Most schools do not have CCTV cameras on campus but that is just a day’s task,” Bajpai said. He added that psychometric test is the only point of concern and new addition.

“All the schools will hire agencies for psychometric test, but truly it is less likely to be very productive, considering that most administrative workers especially conductors and drivers are illiterate,” Bajpai said. He mentioned that following the guideline, all the schools will conduct the test orally and with the help of in-charge.

“When it comes to controlling their interaction with children, then most schools have a place for them,” he said and with reliable staff such problems are rare.  “When staffs are changing frequently then we have some issues. Most old schools have retained their staff and also trained them,” Bajpai said. He added that monthly counselling and meeting with transport in-charge and school counsellor is likely to be more productive than one-time test.

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