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CBSE holds schools responsible for student safety, issues new guidelines
The responsibility for the safety and security of children in schools “shall solely lie” with the school authorities, the central board of secondary education (CBSE) has told all its affiliated schools, suggesting they conduct “psychometric” tests and enhanced safety audits of all employees.

CBSE, which has a little over 19,000 schools affiliated to it, made the circular public on Thursday after a seven-year-old boy was killed, allegedly by the conductor of a school bus, at Ryan International School in Gurgaon.

“As the children are spending most of their time in school, the concern of parents about the safety of school children is increasing every other day regarding their physical safety, mental & emotional health or child abuse owing to increasing incidents involving safety and well-being of school children.

“The onus for safety and security of children in school campus shall solely lie upon the school authorities. It is a fundamental right of a child to engage and study in an environment where he/she feels safe and is free from any form of physical or emotional abuse or harassment,” said the circular issued to schools on 12 September.

The letter says schools should try to promote a better understanding among their teachers and staff on the laws protecting the safety, security and interests of children.