Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Drawing lessons from the brutal murder of a seven-year-old boy inside Ryan International School in Gurgaon, the Odisha government has come out with new guidelines to ‘reinforce’ security measures in schools across the State.

As per fresh guidelines, school authorities have been instructed to ensure that junior children should be not allowed to go to washrooms without the supervision of caretakers and other responsible persons.

Besides, schools have been asked to have separate toilets for students and teachers.

These guidelines have been issued to ensure that students are provided with a safe and secure environment, informed School and Mass Education Secretary, Ranjana Chopra.

CCTV cameras will be installed at prominent areas within the school while the administrative staffs have been instructed to keep a strict vigil on sensitive areas including dining areas, washrooms and other places.

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The school transport vehicles including buses should also install CCTV and GPRS devices for real time tracking. Moreover, women attendants should also be deployed in school vehicles engaged for transportation of children.

Official sources said that the entry of outsiders in school premises has been restricted while identity proof  made mandatory for those seeking entry into school for any work.

As per the new directives, school authorities have also been asked to conduct police verification of the drivers, conductors and other staff appointed on contractual basis by the school.