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‘Safety task force’ in SDMC schools

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The Hindu        08.07.2016   

‘Safety task force’ in SDMC schools

From earthquakes to exposed wiring, all potential hazards for students of South Delhi Municipal Corporation schools, are being mapped and task forces being set up to deal with them.

About 2.94 lakh children study in the SDMC’s 578 primary schools which are currently being audited for their safety.

In January this year, the lack of safety at an SDMC school in Kapashera was exposed when a four-year-old boy fell into an open septic tank and died.

The cover of the tank had been broken for days, officials of the SDMC Education Department admitted later.

To make sure that the tragedy doesn’t repeat itself, the SDMC is conducting an extensive programme to make its schools safer with the help of NGO -- Save the Children. The programme includes setting up of safety task forces in all schools, conducting a ‘hazard hunt’, training the students and holding mock drills.

“We will set up safety task forces, comprising students and teachers, in all SDMC schools. So far, 32 schools have set up these task forces,” said SDMC’s Additional Commissioner for Education, Meeta Singh.

According to ‘Save the Children’, the 32 SDMC schools have not only set up the task force, but also conducted mock drills, set up disaster resource rooms and mapped out potential dangers within the school and outside.

154 schools being assessed

Around 154 schools of the SDMC’s Central Zone are also being assessed for potential risks and resources.

Avinash Kumar, the State programme manager for Save the Children in Delhi, said the authorities tend to focus on natural calamities like earthquakes or man-made devastation like fire when it comes to disaster preparedness.

“However, when we talk about building the resilience of children, we must think larger and include everyday risks that the children face, especially in urban areas,” said Mr. Kumar, adding that road safety as well as protection from abuse are important aspects.

Potential dangers within the school as well as outside will be mapped by the teams of students and teachers, and then based on their findings changes would be suggested to make the schools safer, he said.

Officials of the SDMC said the programme would be ramped up in the coming month as the schools have reconvened after summer break this week.


Corporation to prepare master plan to develop schools

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The Times of India     20.06.2016 

Corporation to prepare master plan to develop schools

Kozhikode: The corporation has planned to prepare a master plan for the schools under it to carry out infrastructure development. A meeting chaired by education standing committee chairman M Radhakrishnan had decided to prepare master plan for all schools from lower primary to higher secondary in the corporation limits.

The civic body will prepare the master plan highlighting the available facilities and deficiencies at the schools and measures needed to be adopted to improve the infrastructure and to enhance the academic quality. The corporation has a total of 161 schools under it.

Radhakrishnan said the decision was taken to ensure comprehensive development of schools maintained by the civic body envisaging projects under its annual plan programmes.

"The school authorities have been directed to prepare the plans at the earliest. The required development funds development for the schools will be allotted on the basis of the deficiencies that are being reported," he said adding that the preparation of master plans will also help the civic body to take up schemes for improving the infrastructure.

Mayor donates Rs.15,000 to govt. school

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The Hindu       11.02.2016 

Mayor donates Rs.15,000 to govt. school

Karimnagar Mayor S Ravinder Singh donated Rs.15,000 to the Government High School at Sapthagiri Colony in Karimnagar town on Tuesday for providing evening snacks to the SSC students attending special classes for the ensuing examinations.

The Mayor visited the school and participated in the community lunch along with the students and expressed satisfaction over the quality of food being served to the students. Following a plea from the school management for providing some assistance to provide some snacks to the SSC students attending for the evening classes till late hours, the Mayor responded instantly and donated a cheque for Rs 15,000.

On this occasion, he called upon the students to work hard and bring reputation to their school and parents by excelling in the ensuing SSC examinations. He informed the students not to feel inferior to their private counterparts and reminded that he too studied in a government school. He also promised to construct a vermi-compost for proper disposal of the garbage and also a water harvesting structure to store rain water on the school premises. He also promised to donate broom-sticks and other sanitation material for the school.

School headmistress G Pramoda thanked the Mayor on the occasion.

Money is to be spent on providing evening snacks to students preparing for SSC exam

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