Every school must appoint a safety professional
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A 7-year old boy was murdered in his school on 8th September 2017. This horrible incident was an eye opener for school authorities that we are not doing enough to protect our children.
As a parent, I worry about my children and understand the worries of every parent who sends their young children to school.
As an educator, I am forced to say that schools need to make the safety of their students a bigger priority. Safety of students at school requires comprehensive measures. And I have seen that most schools struggle to put safety protocols into place due to a large volume of students and unqualified staff.
This is because most schools don’t dedicate proper resources to oversee safety. Safety is a very specialised area and we cannot only rely on teachers who are subject experts in their respective domains and NOT safety professionals.
That is why we need a strong rule that all schools appoint a qualified safety officer; who should be directly liable and accountable for all safety hazards, provision, audits and negligence in the school.
Sign my petition and appeal to HRD Minister Sri Prakash Javadekar to make it mandatory for all schools to appoint a safety officer whose only responsibility is to keep students safe.
While we deeply mourn the loss of young Pradyumann Thakur, we must make sure that we don’t lose even a single other child due to lack of action.
(School Leaders Network)
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