The Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javedekar, suggested engaging more women employees and bus drivers in schools to ensure the safety of the children. Javadekar said this on Monday in cognizance with the death of a 7-year-old Gurugram child in the school campus.
He added that the school and the parents should work together to solve this issue of child safety.
“There should be more and more women employees in schools and school buses can also have women drivers so that there is more safety for students,” Javadekar told reporters in Delhi, NDTV reported.
Javadekar said that he would speak with the parents of the murdered child Pradyuman and the school authorities after the initial investigation into the case is over. On the same day, the Supreme Court sent a notice to the Centre and the CBSE in response to a plea filed by the boy’s seeking a CBI probe into the case.
Earlier a few weeks ago, a school peon in a Maharashtra school allegedly raped a five-year-old girl. The minister kept both cases in mind and said that both are “heinous crimes”.
“We will definitely give a reply to the Supreme Court. We will arrive at a better solution by talking to everybody,” Mr Javadekar said.
The CBSE has also set up a two-member fact-finding panel to investigate the death. And also to see if there was a lapse on the school’s part. Further, the CBSE has directed the school to file a report.
Ryan Pinto, CEO of the Ryan International Schools Group said that the authorities should not hold them “culpable of a crime where it is itself a victim of unfortunate circumstances”.
The murder of a Class 2 student in the school premises on September 8 has shaken the country. People are holding rallies, and protests against the school and how it has dealt with the matter. Enraged parents even went to the school and defiled its premises.
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