For the greater safety of children, CBSE ensured that the school buses will now have to be equipped with GPS, CCTV arrangements and speed governors as per the revised guidelines issued by the CBSE. These guidelines have been issued on the directions of Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar after a recent school bus accident in Uttar Pradesh.
“School authorities have also been directed to voluntarily evolve an arrangement, that in each school bus at least one parent should be present who can oversee the conduct of the driver and the other staff,” the circular said. For the security of students, a transport manager and a “well-trained” lady attendant will have to be designated. Schools will have to provide a mobile phone inside the bus to be used in an emergency situation, it said.
Students will be asked to give their feedback on the transport facility, especially about the driver, the circular said. Last month, 12 minor school students and their bus driver were killed and 35 children injured when their vehicle collided with a lorry near Etah in Uttar Pradesh.