Safety: A Major Concern for Indian Schools

Safety: A Major Concern for Indian Schools

Indian schools are visibly low on safety and security, many schools across the country are yet to install safety and security arrangements. However, in recent times with terror attacks on schools all over the world Indian schools have realized the importance of having a proper security arrangement to meet any such eventualities. Schools are preparing themselves to take necessary precautions and keep strict security checks. All this is being put into place, albeit a little slowly. There are some pertinent aspects that schools must consider while creating safe environment like; creating a supportive environment free from danger and harm, preparing safety plans to escape from the school building in case of natural or manmade disasters and considering safety in student activities, whether it is learning hobbies, sports on the ground or conducting experiment in the laboratories. With the implementation of Right to Education Act (2009), there is an increase in school going population in India (especially in the government schools), But both the government and private schools have not taken any concrete steps to deal with safety issues. Government schools are barely able to provide basic infrastructure. They have poorly maintained school buildings, and hardly any ready plans for safety to deal with increased population. There is lack of safe drinking water, hygienic sanitation and clean toilets especially for girls in these schools. Private schools are no different than this, they also compromise gravely over the safety norms. This calls for schools to have necessary interventions to increase awareness and understanding of threat from different quarters. Safety Interventions at National and International Level Squelch (2001) defines a safe school as one that is free from danger and possible harm, where non-educators, educators and learners can work, teach and learn without fear or ridicule, intimidation, harassment, humiliation or violence. There are numerous school safety initiatives being carried out presently across the world to create safe schools. The 2011 Global Monitoring Report examined the devastating effects of armed conflict on education with 42% of out-of-school children living in conflict-affected countries. The GMR also explored the role of inappropriate education policies in creating conditions for violent conflict. In 2014, the UN Security Council adopted its Resolution guaranteeing the right to education...

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