HRD Minister ensures greater safety in school campus having more women employees


New Delhi: Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar emphasized on more and more women employees in schools and school buses can also have women drivers so that there is more safety for students. A greater presence of women — employees and bus drivers — in schools can help address the issue of safety on campus, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said, days after a 7-year-old Gurugram student was killed in a washroom.

The minister also focus on a new mechanism where Schools and parents need to work together to find a solution to the issue of students’ safety. His next step to discuss with the parents and school authorities after the initial probe into the killing of the boy was over.

“The culprits will be booked and charge-sheeted and we will address this issue,” he added. The killing of the class 2 student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School sparked outrage among parents+ and others on the issue of safety of children in schools. The boy was found dead, with his throat slit, in the school’s washroom last week. The police alleged he had been killed by a school bus conductor.

The minister said the murder and the recent rape of a five-year-old girl, allegedly by a peon in her school premises, were “heinous crimes”.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre and the CBSEin connection with a plea filed by the boy’s father, seeking a CBI probe into the case.
“We will definitely give a reply to the Supreme Court. We will arrive at a better solution by talking to everybody,” Javadekar said.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had on Saturday set up a two-member fact finding committee to enquire into the student’s death and negligence, if any, on the school authorities’ part.


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