Amid nationwide concern about the safety of children in schools following the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur at a school, Central Board of Secondary Education said schools across the country affiliated to the CBSE will have to get police verification and psychometric evaluation done for all their staff.
The Delhi government also has issued a notice to the capital's private schools, ordering them police verification of all teaching and support staff.
"Safety and security of the students must be the paramount concern of the managing committee of all schools," the notification read.
CCTV would be made mandatory for all government and private schools. The schools must also provide a monthly report to the police on the functionality of the CCTVs, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister and education minister Manish Sisodia told to the NDTV.
Six Central ministries are working on a security protocol for schools, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said yesterday. "The secretaries would meet soon to discuss how the schools will implement these guidelines," said the minister, who had initially roped in Prakash Javadekar, the minister for Human Resources Development.
She also recommended several measures of security such as appointing women drivers for school buses.
Gurugram's Ryan International School will not begin functioning till the issue has been addressed. On Monday, the school was opened after 10 days of Pradyuman's murder and was shut down again by the police on Monday evening.
Despite the murder, there has been no upgrade of security at the school, said parents who came to school yesterday. "Security and facilities at Ryan today were no different from the dreadful September 8, nothing has changed since," said one parent.
A Special Investigation Team of three-members had revealed that the boundary wall of the school was broken, which gave outsiders easy access to the premises.