Schools now have to pass the safety test

As directed by the High Court, all schools across the State, both government and private institutions affiliated to different boards, will be inspected to ensure compliance with building regulations and safety norms ahead of the upcoming academic year.

Pradeep Yadav, Principal Secretary, School Education Department, said that all District Collectors had been informed about the order and instructed to form a committee.

“The committees have been inspecting schools in their respective districts for the last one week. They have been given an exhaustive checklist that includes building specifications from the School Safety Policy and other important specifications from government orders and policy notes,” Mr. Yadav said.

 Mobile app

 The committees will be armed with a mobile app, which will have the checklist as well and use it during the inspection process. “This will help us keep track of the number of schools inspected and the violations on a day-to-day basis,” he said.
The checklist features ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions for the committee and focusses on the infrastructure of the school as well as the facilities on offer for students such as labs. Access to the school buildings for the disabled is also verified....Read more
Source web page: The Hindu

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