01/06/2017

Safety and Security of Schools



In the wake of Taliban terror attack on a Peshawar school in Pakistan yesterday, which claimed over 141 innocent lives, the Center will soon be issuing a fresh set of guidelines for the safety and security of all the vulnerable places, especially prominent schools and academic institutions in the country.
The guidelines for schools will include asking them to prepare an escape plan for children in case of a terror attack, how to prevent a hostage situation, how to raise alarm and shut doors and gates in case of an emergency.
“The earlier advisory was issued by the Home Ministry to prominent schools and institutions after Mumbai terror attack accused were arrested in the US.
Terror operative and his accomplice had reportedly told interrogators that Pakistan-based terror outfit could target two prestigious boarding schools in north India and the National Defense College in Delhi.
The fresh advisory will be sent to all states and Union Territories, so that they can in turn alert schools. Some schools will be given special instructions separately and asked to coordinate with local police and administration for security drills.
A few top schools in Delhi, Mumbai and a few residential schools in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are likely to be issued special security guidelines.
Terrorist attacks are now also becoming part of mock drills, which were earlier conducted only to prepare kids for disasters like fire or earthquakes. "Students should have trained to follow evacuation plans through drills,"

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