Ryan school flouted se­cu­rity rules, says CBSE

SHOWCAUSE Board asks mgmt why its af­fil­i­a­tion should not be with­drawn

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: A child who was killed in Gur­gaon’s Ryan In­ter­na­tional last week might have never been at­tacked if the school took se­cu­rity se­ri­ously, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion has de­ter­mined, be­gin­ning on Satur­day the process to pos­si­bly scrap the in­sti­tute’s recog­ni­tion.

No at­ten­dant was posted at the toi­let, sur­veil­lance cam­eras were not work­ing, and bound­ary walls were not high enough, the probe team cited as some of the short­com­ings. It asked the school why its recog­ni­tion should not be can­celled due to such ne­glect. The vic­tim was an 8-year-old who bled to death af­ter his throat was slit.

NEW DELHI : A child who was killed in Gur­gaon’s Ryan In­ter­na­tional last week might have never been at­tacked if the school took se­cu­rity se­ri­ously, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion has de­ter­mined, be­gin­ning on Satur­day the process to pos­si­bly scrap the in­sti­tute’s recog­ni­tion.

No at­ten­dant was posted at the toi­let, sur­veil­lance cam­eras were not work­ing, and bound­ary walls were not high enough, the probe team cited as some of the short­com­ings. It asked the school why its recog­ni­tion should not be can­celled due to such ne­glect.

The vic­tim was an 8-year-old who bled to death af­ter his throat was slit, trig­ger­ing wor­ries re­gard­ing the safety of chil­dren. Pre­lim­i­nary find­ings by po­lice too sug­gested neg­li­gence on the part of the man­age­ment.

“Had the school man­age­ment de­ployed at­ten­dant/ayah, the mishap would have been avoided. It was told that the cry of the child was not heard by any staff. This in­di­cates com­plete neg­li­gence of the man­age­ment to­wards safety and se­cu­rity,” said the no­tice. HT has a copy of the doc­u­ment.

It was based on the find­ings of a two-mem­ber com­mit­tee that sur­veyed the school and met staff.

“The com­mit­tee can con­clude (the stu­dent) was mur­dered in the toi­let. From the drop off point, walk of around 50 me­tres to take en­try into the main build­ing. Ad­ja­cent to the main gate of the build­ing is a toi­let block af­ter which are the class­rooms. (The stu­dent) was found mur­dered in the toi­let which in­di­cates that he might have been pulled in­side the toi­let and killed there. The toi­let win­dows had no grilles and hence peo­ple can ac­cess eas­ily from out­side.”

HT has re­moved the child’s name from the por­tion quoted above since the case in­cludes sec­tions re­lat­ing to sex­ual abuse, which re­quire vic­tim iden­ti­ties to be pro­tected.

“From the en­tire se­quence of events, it ap­pears that the school is guilty of gross neg­li­gence and failed to en­sure safety and se­cu­rity of the stu­dents in the school.”

The no­tice also ac­cuses the man­age­ment of fail­ing to re­port the in­ci­dent to po­lice and the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment. The po­lice were in­formed by the vic­tim’s par­ents.

CBSE’s probe found the in­fra­struc­ture was full of holes. “The bound­ary wall does not have enough height and no barbed wire is put above the bound­ary wall, as a re­sult of which any­body can jump and en­ter the school premises...”

Staff could not present manda­tory safety cer­tifi­cates, and the fire safety cer­tifi­cate ex­pired on May 21, 2017.

Ryan In­ter­na­tional author­i­ties have to re­ply to the no­tice within 15 days be­fore ac­tion will be taken against them.

SCHOOL AUTHOR­I­TIES HAVE TO RE­PLY TO THE NO­TICE WITHIN 15 DAYS BE­FORE AC­TION AGAINST THEM

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Ryan In­ter­na­tional School in Gur­gaon.

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