Panchkula: In a bid to crack down on school buses violating traffic rules following Surakshit School Vahan Policy of the government, a random safety audit in Panchkula by the Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (HSCPCR) on Wednesday has put several privately-managed schools in the dock.
The commission took a strict view of the schools for flouting the guidelines of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, including close circuit television (CCTVs) cameras should be installed in the school vans, vehicles should be installed with hydraulic doors and a female attendant should be present in the bus, especially for the safety of girl students.
A total of 42 private school buses including that of the private operators were challaned and three buses were impounded by the commission following violation of rules. Out of these 42 buses, 8 school buses were of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6 and 12 of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15.
According to the officials of commission, the school management of Bhavan Vidyalaya however had set up GPS systems in their buses but there was no monitoring room in the school to facilitate the same.
Other than this, the team of the commission along with Panchkula police and officials of education department also laid check posts near Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3 and at Sector 17-18 dividing road among various other places in the city. The buses which were challaned are said to be violating various guidelines that included no first aid kit, no female attendant, non-functional CCTV cameras etc.
Paramjit Singh Badola, member of the HSCPCR, said that inspections revealed that in most cases, schools did not have their non-teaching staff verified by the police. He said school buses also violated the High Court guidelines on safety and other first aid facilities on board.
Badola added that a detail was being prepared to put before the court and commission would recommend for cancellation of affiliation of the erring institutes.
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