Ryan murder: School negligent, security lax, says CBSE report
The class 2 student was found dead with his throat slit in the school washroom on September 8. A bus conductor confessed to the killing, but many questions still remain unanswered and the school administration has faced flak for their security lapses.delhi Updated: Oct 06, 2017 00:01 IST
A fact-finding committee of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has blamed Ryan International School, Bhondsi, authorities for negligence after the death of an eight-year-old boy on the school premises.
In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday, CBSE stated, “The unfortunate death incident of the boy could have been avoided, had the school authorities discharged their duties and responsibilities with care and sincerity.”
The affidavit states that the fact-finding team set up by the CBSE found many deficiencies in school’s safety and security arrangements. “There is no separate rest room for school-bus drivers and conductors and they use the same washroom as those meant for staff and students — this is highly objectionable. No attendant is available in the school to accompany small children to the washrooms and toilets. Had the school management deployed an attendant, this mishap could have been avoided,” it said.
The class 2 student was found dead with his throat slit in the school washroom on September 8. A bus conductor confessed to the killing, but many questions still remain unanswered and the school administration has faced flak for their security lapses.
The victim’s parents have demanded a CBI probe into the murder and have filed a petition in the Supreme Court.
The CBSE affidavit is critical of the school authorities for not informing the police about the death of the boy on the school premises. It says, “The school also failed to inform the police and education department of the death of the boy on the school premises. The parents of the boy informed the police about the incident.”
The affidavit pointed out that the school management failed to provide basic amenities on the campus. “The Ryan management never provided portable drinking water to students. There was no reverse osmosis plant. Water drawn from a bore well was supplied on the campus.”
CCTVs on the school campus are not adequate in number and many of the installed CCTVs are not functioning, the affidavit further said.
Raising concerns on adequate security in the school, the CBSE pointed out that since February 2017, the school did not have a regular principal. It pointed out that the electric panel room of the school was unlocked and it was unsafe from the safety point of view of students. Also, the school boundary wall on one side is not high enough, and that it could easily scaled by someone from outside.