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AWARENESS: Student participation.
AWARENESS: Student participation.

ROHINI RAMAKRISHNAN

At a recently held conference some tips were given to parents and teachers on how they could ensure safety in schools.

"Can a person be hundred per cent safe?" asked S.K. Dogra, I.P.S., I.G and Director, State Crime Record Bureau, R.A. Puram. He was speaking at the "Symposium on Education" organised by the St. John's English School and Junior College, recently. The topic was "Together Towards Safer Schools". He said the best way to avoid getting into a sticky situation was to anticipate that something will go wrong and take precautions. Here the motto "Be prepared" should be kept in mind. An innovative method was quoted when the Department of the Police trained a few teachers in safety norms, who in turn trained others in school. This helped sensitise them to the problems that confronted them and they were able to address it in a more positive manner. Senior students too could be trained in traffic rules and regulations and could take up traffic duty along with the help of a teacher or two.After the tragic fire accident at Kumbakonam, schools are more aware and alert about this problem. Yet students can be made to do fire drill regularly. A little bit of planning goes a long way to avert accidents. As for physical violence and playground accidents, he advised the inculcation of internal discipline. It is a must he stressed. Just as the school has an audit, he advised that a "safety audit" be conducted by the school, frequently by the school, to assess how safe is their school.There is also the aspect of emotional safety of the students.


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