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CBSE circular stated that no school trips will be arranged unless needed

Oct 30, 2014 17:22 IST

    CBSE has appealed to the principals of the CBSE schools to make sure that the trips organized by the schools on a need only basis and is pertinent to the curriculum of the course. The circular also classified the guidelines for the study tours. As per some sources, it is believed that CBSE felt the need to issue the circular because of the tragedy that took place in Beas River that washed away 24 students who visited the place. Water was released from the reservoir without knowing that the students visited the spot.

    Another important instruction to schools is that the schools should ensure that the district magistrate and related authorities should be informed beforehand about the tours beaches, dams and power plants. Other safety measures embraces keeping parents of students in the loop about the travel itinerary, visa procedures, no objection letter duly signed by them, having a senior teacher escort the group along with a female teacher if there are girls present in the group, apart from taking travel & health insurance.

    K R Maalathi, an Educational consultant stated that "Schools don't want to take any risk these days. Tours give children an opportunity to understand the world better. If they are not given such exposure they will continue to remain tied to their mother's apron strings There is no need to stop trips. One only needs to take precautions.”

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