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Only 3 of 45 teachers verified by police in school where 7-year-old murdered

Only 3 of 45 teachers verified by police in school where 7-year-old murdered

Gurugram: On September 18, 2017, ten days after a seven-year-old was murdered in the washroom of the private school, which has 1,200 students studying in it, the educational institution reopened.

On the pretext of extremely low attendance, it was closed down again as the parents were not pleased with the security systems. A year- and-half after the incident, flaws in the security of the school remain. An RTI on the private school has brought out flaws in the security procedures.

The official data reveals that only three out of 45 teaching staff have been verified by the Gurugram police. Moreover, it has still not been ascertained by the law enforcement officials that whether the teaching staff been found accused in Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) act.

It has also come to the fore that the parents are not a part of the training programme of the bus drivers on safe driving as was mandated under the safety systems. Information on whether the speed governors have been installed in the 13 school buses owned by the school is as of now pending.

While these are the certain flaws which have still not been rectified, there have also been some improvements. All the 81 CCTVs in the private school are functioning. The rules for maintaining footage recording capacity of the cameras up to more than 45 days have also been followed. The school management has also ensured that the CCTV cameras and the GPS systems have also been installed in the school buses.

The lack of effective security systems in Gurugram schools was first highlighted in the year 2007 when a class 8 student shot dead his colleague from a licenced gun that he had stolen from his father.

In 2017, a 4-year-old girl was raped by a conductor in a reputed private school bus. The situation did not improve even after the gruesome murder of seven-year-old in the washroom of the school. Just months after the grisly incident, a sweeper was arrested from another private school for molesting young girl students.

As per the directions of the Supreme Court, the Haryana government has set several guidelines for the security of the school children. Complaints of a large number of private schools not following the order continue to emerge on a daily basis.

Piyush Ohrie

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