August 11, 2008

Schools Not Meeting Safety Norms May Lose Registration

By Bharat Yagnik

AHMEDABAD: Waking up to the need for better safety in schools, Gujarat State Education Board has sent notices to district education officers across the state that a thorough search be done in the schools of their respective jurisdictions .

In the notice, the board has even said that if any school is found not fulfilling the norms, action against that institution can be as extreme as cancellation of its registration.

DEOs have been asked to collect detailed information about the schools. Schools should have safety measures in accordance with strength of students in the school.

The schools have been asked to fill up a form which has 12 pointers asking questions about safety measures in school laboratories, the premises of the school, exits from the school building and proximity to commercial complexes.

RK Pathak, chairman of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), said, "The DEOs have been asked to get responses from school authorities within a month and submit the report to GSHSEB. Schools which do not have all the safety measures in place will be given time of one month to upgrade the condition or install whatever facility is missing."

"The DEOs have been asked to conduct a check through an appointed team so that facts can be known.

If schools are found to be not adhering to safety measures mentioned, registration of the school can be cancelled ," said Pathak.


Fire safety measures in laboratories

Safety exits from laboratories

There should be no godowns near school premises

School should not be functioning in a commercial complex

School building, facilities and structure should be safe for students

There should be two staircases on every floor

Short circuit-proof buildings

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