Parents seek CCTV cover for schools, GPS in buses

NOIDA/GREATER NOIDA: Jolted by the murder of a Class II student in Ryan International School, Bhondsi, Gurgaon, angry parents on Monday protested outside three branches of the school — Noida, Greater Noida and Noida Extension — seeking better security for children, both outside and inside the school premises.

Calling for verification of drivers, peons and other staffers, CCTV installation inside classrooms and other areas of the school, women attendants for escorting students to buses, GPRS facility inside buses, etc, parents met the principals of the schools and expressed concerns saying that Ryan Vasant Kunj and Gurgaon-like cases should not be repeated.

While a Class I student had died after he was found floating in a reservoir of the Vasant Kunj branch in May 2017, a Class II child was allegedly murdered by a bus conductor, who slit his throat in the school's washroom last week.
Police presence was beefed up outside all three branches. Parents started gathering from as early as 7.30am, following which they pressured authorities for an audience with the school principals.

Over 100 parents squatted outside the Sector 39 branch after sending the senior children for half-yearly exam. Parents had heated arguments with the police deployed outside the school and later met city magistrate Mahendra Singh with their demands.

"We wanted reassurance from the principal on various safety accounts, like increased number of CCTV cameras, GPRS in buses and female attendants to accompany children to toilets, etc. However, the principal did not want to meet all of us at once and later met five parents who were assured that our demands will be met. However, we have not got anything in writing," a parent of a Class VI student of Ryan International School, Sector 39 told TOI.

A memo raising 13 demands was handed over to the principals who later assured to work on the demands. The demands included not allowing weapon/arms in school, women attendants to accompany all children below six years of age inside the toilet, a woman guard outside the toilet lobby to stop unwanted people from entering toilet, no access of support staff inside the toilet, attendants be present inside the school at least half an hour prior to school hours, police verification of all staff, CCTV cover for the entire school area other than inside the toilet, camera and GPSsystem for school buses, formation of a parent representative team to supervise the school, fire extinguishers, access to enquire compliance with state government/CBSE norms guidelines, bus conductors checking the identity card of students before dropping him/her off, and medical aid facility within the school premises.

"There are no guards outside the main entrance of the school. Six months of the current session have passed, but many students have still not been issued ID cards. How can we say that the children are safe?" Arunima Soni, a parent of a student from the Noida Extension branch told TOI.

"There are very few CCTV cameras in the school. When we asked the count, we were not given an exact number. CCTV should not merely be installed but the footage also needs to be monitored from the Principal's office," another parent from Ryan's Noida Extension told TOI.

While all the three principals met a group of parents from each school, parents said they will follow up on the progress made on their demands.

"We have 16 CCTV cameras inside the school and we promise to raise their count to 20. As far as classes running in the basement are concerned, all the parents knew about it when they admitted their children, but none complained. At the time of admission, we tell them that there are no more seats, but parents insist on admission of their children. We have also promised to install CCTV next to door of the toilet, but these things need time," Sumita Mukherjee, principal, Ryan Sector 39 told TOI.

Jayshree Das, principal, Ryan, Noida Extension said the school has promised to work on all demands of the parents, apart from the constitution of the parent representative team.

"I have assured them that we will work on their suggestions, including enhanced CCTV coverage, etc. GPRS facility is there in all the buses barring one or two," Sudha Singh, principal, Ryan Greater Noida told TOI.

Source - Times Of India

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