Sampath Commission recommendations Random Inspection conducted in Schools

Sampath Commission recommendations Random Inspection conducted in Schools

The State Government has undertaken random inspection of schools to check compliance to/implementation of the recommendations of Justice K. Sampath Commission of Inquiry, which enquired into the Kumbakonam fire tragedy that killed over 90 schoolchildren on July 16, 2004.

Madurai and Karur districts have been identified for the inspection and the Directorate of School Education has instructed officials to prepare a detailed report by Monday.

During the five-day inspection that concluded on Friday, officials visited 100 schools in Madurai district for an on-the-spot assessment of safety parameters and infrastructure facilities in the backdrop of the Commission recommendations.

“They (the committee) made incidental recommendations such as demolition of unused dilapidated buildings on school premises, closure of kitchen located in close vicinity to schools, construction of compound walls and keeping toilets away. No thatched roof was found on any campus,” Collector S.S. Jawahar told The Hindu on Friday.

At a meeting convened recently, Mr. Jawahar directed officials of the Revenue and Education departments to ensure there was no deviation or discrepancy in the compliance of recommendations.

Some of the aspects inspected by the committee in government and private schools were stability (of the building), sanitation certificate, nature of construction, staircases, exit doors, windows, electrical wirings, drinking water, noon meal kitchen and toilets.

They also checked whether kitchens functioned under thatched roof.

Checklist

“The Government gave us a checklist containing 78 questions for carrying out inspection and we will submit the report by February 27,” said R. Pandurangan, Chief Educational Officer, who led the inspection teams. Following the tragedy at Kumbakonam, the government constituted a committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the fire.

It came out with recommendations after visiting schools in various districts and suggested measures to be adopted for students’ safety.

Four groups of officials from the School Education Department completed the inspection on Friday. Lapses, if any, will be referred to the government, Mr. Pandurangan said.

All categories of government and private schools were covered in the inspection.