Ryan re­spon­si­ble for boy’s death: CBSE

School May Lose Board’s Af­fil­i­a­tion

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

New Delhi: The Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion has in­dicted Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Bhondsi (Gur­gaon), where a Class II stu­dent was mur­dered on Septem­ber 8, for fail­ing to “ob­serve the ba­sic se­cu­rity mea­sures as stip­u­lated by the board”, which could’ve pre­vented the tragedy. The board is­sued a show-cause no­tice to the school on Satur­day ask­ing “why [its] pro­vi­sional af­filia-

CBSE no­tice said that the school failed to ob­serve the ba­sic se­cu­rity mea­sures as stip­u­lated by the board

The un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent… could have been averted had [the] school au­thor­i­ties dis­charged their duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity with care and sin­cer­ity tion 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 twom­em­ber 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 dis­charge 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.

Prad­hyumn was mur­dered in the school's wash­room on Septem­ber 8, al­legedly by school bus con­duc­tor Ashok Ku­mar who, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, tried to sex­u­ally as­sault the boy. The probe has now been trans­ferred to the CBI.

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 com­mit­tee said that the “un­for­tu­nate

CBSE has sent a show-cause no­tice to Ryan Int’l School for…

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 de- ployed at­ten­dant/aaya, this mishap would have been avoided.”

The com­mit­tee found that the bound­ary wall wasn’t high enough and as there were no barbed wires, any­body could jump and en­ter the school premises. The re­quired num­ber of CCTV cam­eras, as per CBSE guide­lines, had not been in­stalled and most of them in­stalled in the school build­ing were not func­tion­ing.

It also found other lapses, like un­used class­rooms and the build­ing ter­race/roof kept un­locked and thus eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to stu­dents, apart from the elec­tric­ity panel room be­ing kept open.

The school man­age­ment has been asked to re­ply within 15 days.

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