CBSE is­sues no­tice to Ryan, says death could have been averted

The Free Press Journal - - NATION - AGEN­CIES

The CBSE on Saturday is­sued a show- cause no­tice to Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Gur­gaon, ask­ing why its af­fil­i­a­tion should not be with­drawn and said it had failed to ob­serve “ba­sic se­cu­rity mea­sures”.

A two-mem­ber fact find­ing com­mit­tee set up by CBSE fol­low­ing the mur­der of seven-year-old Prad­hu­man Ku­mar last week said it ap­peared from the se­quence of events that Ryan’s In­ter­na­tional was guilty of gross neg­li­gence. The death could have been avoided had the school been more cau­tious, the show-cause no­tice said.

“The un­for­tu­nate death could have been averted had the school au­thor­i­ties dis­charged their duty with re­spon­si­bil­ity, care and se­cu­rity. The school failed to ob­serve the ba­sic se­cu­rity mea­sures as stip­u­lated by the board. “From the en­tire se­quence of events it ap­pears that the school is guilty of gross neg­li­gence and failed to en­sure safety and se­cu­rity of stu­dents in its schools,” the no­tice said.

The school au­thor­i­ties have been asked to re­spond within 15 days on why its pro­vi­sional af­fil­i­a­tion should not be with­drawn for wil­ful vi­o­la­tion of pro­vi­sions of CBSE by-laws.

The probe panel said the school had no pro­vi­sion of toi­lets for driv­ers, con­duc­tors and clean­ers and they were us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties meant for stu­dents and staff.

The CBSE no­tice also pointed out a safety breach in the school bound­ary wall (cov­ered with barbed wires) which, the com­mit­tee ob­served, is a threat to chil-

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