The panelists at the recently held Principals Conclave by The Times of India opined that safe schools, innovation and digital transformation can only happen if schools are given autonomy and educationalists are included while forming the education policies and deciding upon the curriculum.
It is important to address the digital gap between rural and urban schools. As part of the digital revolution the government has been able to transform 40% schools into smart schools but the teachers lacking technological skills and confidence is a challenge and NCERT is working towards making them future-ready.
As regards making the schools safe for the students, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has made a checklist comprising of 22 guidelines of various departments to ensure safe transportation and infrastructure. Parent teacher associations to be formed to make the system more transparent as both are equally responsible for the safety of the students. The Delhi Police too has started an initiative wherein complaint boxes have been kept in all the schools so that no case of sexual abuse goes unreported. Parivartan teams and juvenile officers too visit schools every fortnight to talk to the students and the management. It was also suggested that workshops for teachers should be conducted to sensitize and train them to be able to address the emotional and mental issues of the students along with academic ones.