National School safety policy compulsory to be implemented

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The National School Safety Policy is in its final stage of preparation where every classroom should have two doors. Instead of one door in every classroom, now it is proposed that every classroom should have two doors for better ventilation and as a safety measure for preventing a disaster.

The NDMA has prepared a draft policy for schools across the country which will take forward a pilot project launched earlier in 200 schools of 43 districts each in 22 states.

“The District Education Officer must ensure that ‘Recognition Certificate’ under subrule (4) 15 of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2010,

Under this, it is issued only to those schools that comply with safety norms laid out in the Building Codes. This compliance needs to be monitored on a regular basis. The draft school safety policy says that all the existing as well as news schools, as per the National Building Code, 2005 need to confirm to the safety standards.

Among the safety measures, the draft policy specifies that classrooms should have two doors for easy evacuation, only non-combustible, fire-proof, heat resistant materials shall be used in school construction and vertical expansion of existing schools shall not be carried out without a fitness certificate for the building from a certified civil /structural engineer.

Also, it says that the other safety measures from all kinds of hazards

It adds that school safety efforts need to take cognizance of all kinds of hazards that may affect the well-being of children and emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers and ropes need to be procured and maintained regularly by the school authorities.

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