The CBSE's circular, named ‘Safety of Children’ and sent to over 19,000 affiliated schools, asserted that the school authorities were solely responsible for keeping a student safe within campus.
Following the death of a 7-year old at Ryan International School in Gurugram, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday sent a circular to all its affiliated schools, directing them to conduct psychometric evaluation of all staff—teachers, students, non-teaching persons, and others included—within next two months.
The circular, named ‘Safety of Children’ and sent to over 19,000 schools affiliated with CBSE, asserted the school authorities are solely responsible for keeping a student safe within school campus, the Times of India reported.
The step taken by the central board came in response to the Supreme Court's query. The apex court had directed the CBSE, along with the central government and Haryana state government, to respond in the Ryan School’s murder case.
The apex court took up the matter after the father of the murdered child filed a petition seeking a CBI probe.
The petition wanted the framing of guidelines to fix responsibility of school managements in case of such incidents and also regarding the safety and security of children.
The Psychometric test, to be conducted by professional psychologists, is designed to evaluate a subject's personality, behavioral orientation and aptitude.
The board has also directed the affiliated schools to get a “security and safety audit” done on the premises and all the employees with the help of the schools' respective police stations within two months.
The CBSE deputy secretary Jaiprakash Chaturvedi asked the schools to oversee that the employees understand the importance of students’ safety and security and their obligation towards maintaining it, as per the Times of India.
The schools are ought to follow the guidelines laid down by CBSE and the Human Resource Development ministry, he underlined.In case of violation of guidelines or any act of harm to children, the circular has asked for "immediate remedial and punitive action" by the school.