CBSE raps Ryan school over mur­der

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Nee­lam Pandey Nee­lam.Pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) said on Satur­day that Gur­gaon’s Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, where an eight-year-old boy was found dead last week, flouted sev­eral safety rules and asked the au­thor­i­ties to ex­plain why its af­fil­i­a­tion shouldn’t be with­drawn.

The school had no func­tional CCTV cam­eras or sep­a­rate toi­lets for driv­ers, con­duc­tors and clean­ers, a two-mem­ber com­mit­tee set up by the board found. A low bound­ary wall could also have com­pro­mised the safety of stu­dents, the panel added.

“It was told that the cry of the child was not heard by any staff. This in­di­cates com­plete neg­li­gence of the school man­age­ment towards safety and se­cu­rity,” the com­mit­tee said.

The boy’s life could have been saved had the school au­thor­i­ties dis­charged their du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with care and sin­cer­ity, the CBSE added.

The eight-year-old “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 grills and hence peo­ple can ac­cess eas­ily from out­side.”

The boy was found out­side a school toi­let on the ground floor, crawl­ing and bleed­ing pro­fusely be­fore he died on Septem­ber 8. A con­duc­tor of a school bus has been ar­rested in the case and the Supreme Court has asked state gov­ern­ments to for­mu­late guide­lines for school safety.

The CBSE no­tice blamed the school man­age­ment for fail­ing to in­form the po­lice and ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment re­gard­ing the death of the stu­dent, claim­ing it to be neg­li­gence on the part of the school administration.

“Had the school man­age­ment de­ployed at­ten­dant/ayah, the mishap would have been avoided.”

The no­tice fur­ther said “a bound­ary wall was con­structed from four sides of the build­ing and in one cor­ner the school bound­ary is cov­ered with barbed wire. The bound­ary wall does not have enough height and no barbed wire put above the bound­ary wall, as a re­sult of which any­body can jump and en­ter the school premises which de­feats safety ob­jec­tives.”

The no­tice said the school could not pro­duce safety cer­tifi­cates as per rules of the af­fil­i­a­tion by­laws. The school’s fire safety cer­tifi­cate also ex­pired on May 21, 2017.

It said suf­fi­cient CCTV cam­eras have also not been in­stalled at prom­i­nent places and most of the cam­eras in the build­ing are not func­tion­ing.

The CBSE said that “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.”

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

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Ryan In­ter­na­tional School in Gur­gaon.

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