Indian schools are notoriously low on security and many schools across the country are yet to install world class security arrangements. Many crimes relating to children are occurring and criminals find it easy to kidnap children from schools using several different ploys. However, in recent times schools have realized the importance of having a proper security arrangement and this is being put into place, albeit a little slowly. Some of aspects that schools have to consider are as follows:
Students are often kidnapped when they are waiting to embark a school bus and this is one of the primary problems that parents and schools are facing. Some schools are planning to opt for a GPS tracking device on their school buses and the parents will also receive text messages every time the child embarks or disembarks the bus.
Most private schools have security personnel stationed at the gate and they are usually hired from a security agency. Schools have to ensure that the security agency is trustworthy and parents can check this aspect before admitting their children in a school. Most schools require people who enter the school premises to register their names and phone numbers. Schools should also monitor the performance of the security guards.
This is primarily important for boarding schools as the children are on campus for a majority of the day. Boarding schools are also usually set away from the city and this makes the security arrangement much more important. Boarding schools usually have huge support staffs who are assigned the task of dealing with internal security. Most boarding schools have constant patrols and everyone who enters is registered and escorted to the appropriate buildings. Parents are encouraged to check on these security arrangements beforehand.
Recently, many cases of child molestation have come to light and teachers are almost always the main culprits in these cases. In a boarding school, where children spend most of the time alone with teachers, one cannot be sure whether children are being ill treated. Schools must ensure that they run a background check on all staff and this includes, both teaching and non teaching staff. Internal security is managed by peons and in case of a residential school by the hostel warden. Residential schools that are meant for girls generally employ women staff for teaching and the wardens are also women.
Constant checking of a student’s attendance is one of the best ways to be able to maintain proper security in a school. The security guards at the gate must be instructed to not permit anyone outside the gate without the permission of the school principal. This will ensure that children are kept safe during class hours.
Security arrangements in Indian schools are improving, however there is scope for more improvement and parents are advised to check the security arrangements thoroughly before enrolling their children.