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School Security and Safety

D.C. Nath, IPS (Retd.)


Former Special Director, IB (Govt. of India)
Executive President & CEO,
International Institute of
Security and Safety Management
Tel: 011 – 26186124 / 26186119
Email: nathdc@iissm.com
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Objectives:
• To arrive at a proper understanding of the
problem.
• To understand the ramifications of the
problem.
• To exchange thoughts among all concerned.
• To appreciate who should play what role.
• To try to prioritise line of action.
Note:
I. Primarily for Day-Boarding Schools.
II. Applicable to Residential Schools also but will
need specific focus.
III. Based on Survey carried out among cross
section of general public, house-wives,
2/2/2007 teachers and students.
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Nature of Threats:
• Kidnapping.
• Black-mailing.
• Threats through Cyber Channel.
• Misleading Telephone Calls.
• Safety Aspect: Accidents through
negligence.
• Earthquake and other natural calamities /
disasters.
• Quality and Quantum of Threats to be
assessed – need for periodical review and
assessment.
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Major Players in the Game:

Government (Police, Educational


Authority / Fire Services / NDMA)
Parents

School Management General Public


/ Staff Major
Players Media

School Teachers
Students

™ All Angles and Arms of the Heptagon – equal


and same value – inextricably intertwined.
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Role of Government
Police / Fire Services / NDMA
• Would like to hear from them directly.
• Doing their bit.
• Press Advertisement.
• Could go more into the electronic media,
popular channels, as often done by Kolkata
Police.
• Need for special response to school matters.
• Periodic Training in security, safety and
disaster management drills – role model
exercises.
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Department of Education

• Advisory note to School Management that a


statutory Security and Safety Policy is
necessary and be implemented.
• Compliance mechanism be evolved.
• Institutionalised Interaction Body.

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Role of School Management

• Must adapt a Security and Safety Policy at


the Board Level – periodic appraisal –
review is must in the agenda of every
meeting.
• Can no longer be left to the Drill
Instructor, as is often the case.
• Definite Budget Allocation for Security and
Safety Management.
• Going for OSHAS Certification - something
like ISO Certification.
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Role of School Management
• Arrangement for School Transport – a strong
feeling that this should be mandatory, i.e.,
not left to individual discretion.
• Details : Reliable Agency.
: Verification.
: Accountability assigned and
enforced.
• Transport Pool System: Need to go into
details.
• Escort duty in each transport.
• Communication with each transport – various
systems including use of GPS technology.
• Designated area for debussing inside school
premises.
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Role of School Management


• Briefing and Stock-taking in Staff
meeting.
• Policy for Vendors outside school
premises.
• Liaison with local police.
• Engagement of reputed and recognised
Private Security Agency – their
responsibility and accountability – to be
discussed at length - IISSM can help in
this. Plainclothes duty also. Security
cannot come without cost.
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Role of Teaching Staff
• Need for sensitisation – not correct that
teaching or enforcing security and safety
is not their job – security is everybody’s
business, as it is said in every security
assignment.
• Individual responsibility assigned and
willing accountability ensured.
• Exchange of information/thoughts in staff
meeting – in staff room.

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Role of Teaching Staff
• Importance of teacher–parent interface –
frequent, if necessary.
• Guidance to students – to remain on guard
but to ensure against creating uncalled for
panic situation all the time – possible
display of educative documentary films on
security and safety.
• Teachers to earn students’ confidence -
enough confidence - so that they
(students) feel comfortable to share all
their thoughts, anxieties and
apprehensions.
• Special care for students below Class VI or
so.
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Role of Parents
• The survey assigned highest priority to
parent’s role in this entire exercise-
“parent’s education equally important &
necessary”.
• Parents need to spend some time with the
ward/s.
• To encourage as a matter of daily routine
outpouring immediately on return home.
• Precautionary advice to wards at home –
address / telephone nos. – lesson from
actual incidents – to remain alert – to
generate confidence for sharing every tit
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Role of Parents
• Case studies show most of the kidnappings
etc done by persons known to the victim /
family for some length of time.
• Necessary precaution on engaging drivers
for pool transport – cars / autos / rickshaws
(Lucknow case).
• Drill about Drop-off point – pick-up point -
enroute security.
• To report unusual behaviour pattern of
wards to school teacher any time.

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Role of Students:
: Need to be sensitised – without making
them feel panic-stricken.
: Must know / memorise addresses / names
/ important telephone numbers.
: No scope for indulging in dirty tricks often
picked up from the electronic media.
: Must be taught to develop confidence,
mental toughness and courage.
: Need to keep case history of behaviour
pattern of students – scope for
documentation by class teachers.
: Must report to class teachers anything
unusual.
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Role of Media
• Criticality of Media’s influence, especially of
the electronic media, on impressionable
minds of students and hence the need for
exercising considerable caution in what
they portray in various episodes.
• Can collaborate quite fruitfully & effectively
with both the school management and the
police.
• Can help students develop confidence.

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Role of General Public
• Need for shaking off indifference and
developing general alertness in the
present-day security scenario – attitudinal
orientation for extending hands of
cooperation to authorities.
• Institutionalising a mechanism for periodic
interaction with school managment in
normal times also.
• Japan’s example some years back – yellow
flags.
• Article 51-A – Fundamental Duties – Need
to be aware of.

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Fundamental Duties
Article 51A.(*)It shall be the duty of every
citizen of India-
(a)to abide by the Constitution and respect its
ideals and institutions, the National Flag
and the National Anthem;
(b)to cherish and follow the noble ideals
which inspired our national struggle for
freedom;
(c)to uphold and protect the sovereignty,
unity and integrity of India;
(d)to defend the country and render national
service when called upon to do so;
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Contd.
e) to promote harmony and the spirit of
common brotherhood amongst all the
people of India transcending religious,
linguistic and regional or sectional
diversities; to renounce practices
derogatory to the dignity of women;
f) to value and preserve the rich heritage of
our composite culture;
g) to protect and improve the natural
environment including forests, lakes,
rivers and wild life, and to have
compassion for living creatures;
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Contd.
(h) to develop the scientific temper,
humanism and the spirit of inquiry and
reform;
(i) to safeguard public property and to
abjure violence;
(j) to strive towards excellence in all spheres
of individual and collective activity so that
the nation constantly rises to higher
levels of endeavour and achievement.
(* Constitutional (Forty – Second
Amendment) Act, 1976)

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Conclusion:
¾ Not a one-time affair.
¾ Need for definite security and safety
orientation at all levels.
¾ Difficult to secure or ensure regular willing
adherence to rules and regulations and
hence the need for laying down drills for
documentation – enhances better
observance and is conducive to better show
of accountability.
¾ As in all security scenario, the money spent
is worth in the long run – cannot expect
security, safety & peace at no cost.
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School Security and Safety : An Appraisal

Thank you.

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