In order to make city schools — especially those run by the Delhi government — safer for children, the Department of Education has directed principals to install CCTV cameras and form Emergency Response Teams (ERT) in their schools.
“School is a place where hundreds/thousands of children of all age groups come for education on a daily basis. During their stay on the school premises, the safety and security of these children is amongst the first and foremost responsibilities of the heads of school and staff. Therefore, every school should have a sound emergency response mechanism in place in order to deal effectively with emergent situations like natural disasters (like earthquakes), fire, violence, falls, stampedes, terror attacks, suicide attempts or children falling sick due to stale/contaminated midday meal etc,” the circular issued by the Education department states.
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The team to be set up in each school will have the head of school, the vice-principal or a senior teacher, two nodal teachers of Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojna, EVGC or yoga teacher, physical education teacher, TGT teacher of natural science or home science, two assistant teachers and two students each of Class IX and XI.
Additionally, the department has also asked all government schools to set up CCTV cameras in their premises through the development fund allotted to them.
“We have issued directions to install CCTV cameras in all government schools. We have also asked schools to keep 15 days worth of footage in the cameras,” Padmini Singla, Director (DoE), said.
“While some schools have already installed cameras, we have given everyone time until the summer break to get things done. We will be taking stock of the entire situation again then,” she said.
The directorate has given out detailed instructions to be followed by schools in case of different emergencies.
“Constitution of the team does not mean that only these 10-11 people will deal with all sorts of unwanted situations/crises. It goes without saying that in case of any eventually, the entire staff, right from the peon to the principal has to work in co-ordination as a team,” the directive adds.