CBSE faults Ryan on security norms ‘Explain Why You Shouldn’t Lose Affiliation’
New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has indicted Ryan International School, Bhondsi (Gurgaon), where a Class II student was murdered last week, for failing to “observe the basic security measures as stipulated by the board”, which could’ve prevented the incident. The board issued a show-cause notice to the school on Saturday asking “why [its] provisional affiliation for secondary and senior secondary level may not be withdrawn”. The board held the school responsible on seven counts in the notice, including wilful violation of the provisions of the affiliation bylaws.
Based on the report of a two-member fact-finding committee, which was set up on September 9, a day after the murder of seven-year-old Pradhyumn Thakur inside the school premises, CBSE stated that “the school has failed to dis- charge its responsibility to file the FIR and inform the district education officer and CBSE…” and that “the FIR was subsequently filed by the parent”.
Holding the school squarely responsible for the incident, the board said that from the entire sequence of events, it appeared that the school was guilty of gross negligence and that it failed to ensure the safety and security of students.
The fact-finding committee comprised Y Arun Kumar, deputy commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, and Kailash Chand, principal, government co-ed senior secondary school, Preet Vihar, who visited the school campus earlier week. In its report, the panel said the “unfortunate incident… could have been averted had [the] school authorities discharged their duty and responsibility with care and sincerity”.
The report said that the windows of the toilet where the boy was killed had no grilles and people could easily access it from outside. It also pointed out that there was no separate provision for toilets/washroom for drivers and conductors/cleaners… despite the school engaging around 35 buses for transportation of students and staff.
Elaborating on the gross negligence of security measures, the report said: “No attendant/aaya was present at the toilet of the small children. Had the school management deployed attendant/aaya, this mishap would have been avoided.” The school management has been asked to reply within 15 days.