Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, in a written reply to the state legislative assembly, informed that the management and heads of schools have been advised to devise their own methodology for the safety and security of the students keeping in mind the local and special situation of the school.
“The guidelines to safeguard children including girls, in the school have been issued,” he added.
Sawant, who also holds the Education portfolio, said that as per the guidelines the students shall not be permitted to leave the school premises during school hours unless written request from the parents, no sellers, hawkers or agent shall be allowed in school premises to carry out any business or trade and adequate care would be taken to see that no student is left alone in the classroom during school hours.
The guidelines also state that in case the child is not picked up by the parents till the end of office hours, the school authority shall ensure that adequate arrangements are made to reach the child at home, a lady teacher shall accompany the girl students when they go out of the school campus for competitions, sports meet or school excursions, the schools without compound wall shall make efforts to construct it from safety point of view, the school management and head of the institution shall make proper and adequate arrangement for safety and security of students and the school building shall be thoroughly checked before closing of the school.
The written reply, which was tabled in the House on Monday, in response to a question from Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Wilfred D’Sa, further stated that in all, 85 counsellors have been appointed in schools from April 1, 2016 to June 15, 2019. “Altogether 275 schools have been covered by the supervisors and counsellors,” it added.