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‘No allowing laxity in student safety'

Staff Reporter

Collector moots derecognising schools ignoring traffic issues

— PHOTO: SURYA SRIDHAR

Sensitive matters: Hyderabad Police Commissioner A.K. Khan, Traffic Police Commissioner C.V. Anand and district Collector Natarajan Gulzar at a workshop on safety of schoolchildren on Thursday.

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad district Collector Natarajan Gulzar on Thursday mooted a proposal to derecognise the private schools which fail to respond to safety of students and traffic-related issues.

“Let us categorise schools based on their responsiveness to safety of students and whether they regard traffic issues as civic responsibility. If necessary, we'll derecognise those not responding properly,” he said. Mr. Natarajan was speaking at a programme in Ravindra Bharati with the theme ‘Safety of Students' with managements of private schools organised by Hyderabad Traffic Police.

Stakeholders

He felt different government wings like traffic police, school education, transport and even managements of the schools were stakeholders in the issue of safety of students. The school managements should bear the responsibility about the students coming to their schools, he said.

Earlier, the Hyderabad Police Commissioner, A.K. Khan, recalled that the management of a reputed school remarked that they were not responsible to what happens outside the school. The management made the ‘unfortunate' observation referring to the death of a student, who was crushed by a speeding van, before the school gate in Secunderabad.

“This stirred up a discussion about role of different persons, including us, with regard to safety of students. And it helped initiate several measures to ensure such incidents did not recur,” Mr. Khan said.

The Commissioner called upon people to make the new academic year beginning in next the three days an accident-free one, with all stakeholders discharging their duties properly.

The Additional Commissioner of Traffic Police, C.V. Anand, assured to examine different issues raised by the school correspondents during the interactive session. Traffic snarls arising due to unauthorised schools coming up on main roads and haphazard parking by applicants coming to passport office in Secunderabad were discussed.

He said the requests from some schools to build a Foot Over Bridge on Habsiguda-Tarnaka road would be conveyed to GHMC authorities. Certificates were given to eight best School Traffic Commandoes, students from private and Government schools, based on their performance during the previous academic year.

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