A day after the death of Divyansh, and three days after nursery student Ankit drowned in a septic tank at his MCD school, the Delhi government constituted a task force to inspect all schools in the capital.
At an emergency meeting convened Sunday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said he was aghast at the deaths of the children on school premises.
The government decided all schools, irrespective of who they belong to, will be asked to give a self-declaration that none of their areas is unsafe for students. Sisodia said on the basis of the report from the schools, the government would carry out an inspection. “I will get all 3,500 schools inspected in the next one month through SDMs, fire department, PWD, DJB, education department and MCD,” said Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio.
“If there is any dangerous zone in a school, it should get the school’s immediate attention. Two students have died in a week. First it was an MCD school student and then a private school student. The schools cannot take safety of their students lightly. Students’ safety is a priority for us and these deaths are matter of grave concern,” added Sisodia.
He said the joint task force of SDMs, education department officials and others would inspect the schools in their respective areas. “The information provided by schools will be verified. I will also go and inspect schools. If needed, I will take along corporation officials and BJP members to inspect the schools. Not even a single corner should be allowed to become the reason for another tragedy.”
On January 27, five-year-old Ankit had drowned in the septic tank of his school in Kapashera.