The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has stipulated some important regulations for its affiliated schools including the Kendriya Vidyalayas. This in regard to the running of the school buses following some recent mishaps.
According to CBSE officials, the circular has been issued after taking into account the order of the Supreme Court, Motor Vehicle Act, and directives of the state governments.
As per the circular issued to schools, each of the buses must have a lady attendant and if possible a parent to monitor the driver and staff in the bus. A Transport Manager will be held responsible for the safety of the bus.
The windows must be grilled along with wire mesh and the drivers must have only restricted communication with the students, the circular said. Also, school buses will have to be fitted with alarm bell and siren and the vehicles cannot have curtains or films on the windows.
"The school buses must be fitted with speed governors with maximum speed limit of 40 km/hr. Global Positioning System (GPS) and CCTV cameras must be installed compulsorily and also ensured that they are in working condition."
In order to aid students during an emergency, a mobile phone must also be available on the bus, the circular added. To keep in check about the functioning of these rules, a student feedback would be taken on the transport facility, especially about the driver and the conductor.
Over 18,000 CBSE-affiliated schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas come under the purview of this rule that is mandated to safeguard the school children travelling.
The management and the head of CBSE affiliated schools will be held responsible in case of any lapse in the laws and would be subject to appropriate action that also includes cancellation of the CBSE affiliation as per the provision, the circular warned.