Tribute to Pardyuman Kumar student of Ryan International School Gurugram

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Ludhiana, September 13, 2017: All Parents Associations of Ludhiana schools organized by Ludhiana School Parents Association (LSPA) gathered at the Kips Market, Sarbha Nagar today to pay tribute to the Pardyuman Kumar student of Ryan International School Gurugram and held a candle march as a protest against the failure of schools to provide security to the children.
The recent incident of brutal murder of a 7 year old boy allegedly by one of the school staff in the school’s washroom at Gurugram, followed by another alleged incident of rape of a 5 year old girl in a Delhi school by its peon, has caused widespread unrest among the entire parents’ community.
In the recent past, there have been more incidents of physical and sexual assault in various schools all over the country. What is more painful is that no lessons are learnt, and the business of these schools is going on as usual, with the same degree of negligence and insensitivity towards the safety of our children. Unfortunately, the attitude of the school managements is highly disturbing. Whenever they take out our children for any picnic or event, even after charging hefty amounts they require written declarations from parents that the school is not responsible for the safety of the children, and the parent is consenting for the child’s participation at his/her risk and responsibility. Even though the children are totally under the control and supervision of the school managements during school hours, they don’t want to accept responsibility.
School is the second home for children and their safety is the sole responsibility of the school administration. The parents send their children to the school with a trust that the school will take care of their children‘s learning, development and safety. If we look at the history of crimes against children committed in school premises, we get to know that most of the crimes were committed by the class 4 employees working in the school.
We are very concerned about the safety of our children studying in local schools here, and seek your immediate intervention. Please issue the necessary directions to all the schools for implementing the below measures for ensuring the safety of our children:
1. CCTVs to be installed in all areas and parents must be granted access to the online feed, schools cannot have anything to hide in this from parents.
2. Police verification of all staff hired by the school, including the outsourced staff.
3. Counselling and orientation sessions for class 4 staff must be held in each school twice a year.
4. School staff should use separate washrooms, not the ones meant for children. Drivers and conductors should not be allowed to enter the school corridors. They should have toilets outside only near the school bus parking.
5. A female attendant should be deployed outside junior wing's washrooms, and no one other than the students should be allowed to use these washrooms.
6. There should be no latches on doors of kindergarten wing washrooms, this will rule out the possibility of any kid getting accidently or intentionally locked inside.
7. The management must be held responsible for any breach of security of the children during school hours.
8. The schools be barred from escaping this responsibility by forcing the parents to sign consent forms for participation of their children in school’s events.
9. Parents’ Associations be formed in all schools, and be involved in the management of the schools in affairs like selecting the transport contractors and staff.
10. The schools, which fail to implement these security measures, must be taken over by the government, and applications be invited from other deserving educational societies and NGOs for running such schools.
The parents expressed complete dissatisfaction at the district administration for its failure to act against a local school where a child’s eye was allegedly damaged due to school negligence.
Those who addressed the candle march include Swarn Singh, Manjit Singh, Swaroop Singh, Harpal Singh, Jagroop Singh, Bhagwant Singh, Raman Sharma, Daljit Singh, Mangat, Harvinder Singh and Baljinder Chahal.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017