After the recent blasts,the state government plans to step up security measures at schools,beginning with Mumbai. Apart from installing CCTV cameras,the schools could soon add in their syllabus regular drills to train students in disaster management.
I have received requests from several quarters,mainly parents,who are concerned about the safety of their children in schools, Minister for School Education Rajendra Darda said on Monday. Well take a call on this once we get free from the ongoing admission issues.
The government is likely to ask schools to make their own arrangements to install security systems. However,it is also planning to introduce practical training in disaster management for students by making it a part of the curriculum and by regularly organising drills. We will ask schools to install CCTVs and monitor them. We also want regular drills in schools to prepare students for emergency situations, Darda said,pointing out that once students are trained,panic could be avoided and unnecessary problems could be averted.
I will call a meeting of experts and educationists soon to discuss the issue and how best we can go about it, the minister said.
In 2006,the state government had issued a Government Resolution (GR) on disaster management in schools. The GR had detailed instructions on preparing students to face emergency situations. For instance,the procedure for school teachers and managements to conduct drills and evacuate school buildings quickly without spreading panic was laid down. Some schools had followed the GR,but it was not followed by majority of schools.
Darda said he would call a meeting of officials of the education department soon to evaluate the status of the drills and ensure that such drills are conducted regularly.