The shocking sexual assault on a seven-year-old student at a Vasco school has prompted a leading educational institution in the State to revamp safety measures in its various schools.
The Goa Vidyaprasarak Mandal’s (GVM’s) A J De Almeida High School has issued new directives to the heads of its various sections to undertake various security steps, including a restriction in the entry to people into the school.
Located in the heart of the city, the A J De Almeida School imparts education to about 5,000 students in various sections, including KG, primary and secondary.
Though earlier there was easy access to people in the school campus, the management has now decided to tighten its security in the school premises.
The school campus has a compound wall, but the management has decided to install barbed wires on the compound wall to prevent the entry of any intruder.
“Instructions have already been sent to all heads of KGs, primary and secondary sections of the school to be cautious regarding the entry of unknown persons. We have sent instructions to allow strangers into the school campus only after permission from the principal or headmaster and this entry has to be registered. All teachers, especially KG and primary teachers are to be present till the last student leaves school campus,” Goa Vidyaprasarak Mandal Chairman Bhaskar Khandeparkar told Herald.
“All the schools managed by the GVM’s have good infrastructure and we have decided to install barbed wires on the compound walls wherever necessary” informed Khandeparkar.
Though the A J De Almeida High School has a security guard, the school management has urged the State government to make a provision for a security guard at every school.
“I appeal to the state government to consider to allow schools to take security guards on contract”, said Khandeparkar.
The A J De Almeida High School has already installed CCTV cameras in every classroom to keep a watch on students and now, the management has decided to install CCTV cameras in the campus to keep a watch on strangers.
“CCTVs have become necessary and we will install CCTVs at our A J De Almeida High school campus,” Khandeparkar told Herald. [H]