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Noida: School where boy was sodomised given notice

As per an inspection done on October 25, it was found that the school failed to follow the CBSE guidelines, officials said.

noida Updated: Oct 26, 2017 22:43 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times
Children’s safety has emerged a major concern.(HT File Photo)

The district inspector of schools has served a notice to the school where a class 6 student was allegedly sexually assaulted by an administration assistant, seeking an explanation as to why CBSE guidelines were not followed.

As per an inspection done on October 25, it was found that the school failed to follow the CBSE guidelines and during the inspection, three buses were seized and sent to the Kasna police station as the fitness certificate of the vehicles had expired.

It was also found that students coming by private vehicles were getting down on the road instead of the school premises. The officials from the fire department also found flaws in the system. The department has given three days to the school seeking an explanation and to convince them why the school’s licence should not be cancelled.

The failure of the district administration in ensuring that all schools follow CBSE guidelines resulted in the continuous sexual exploitation of an 11-year-old foreign national, who was being sodomised by a staff member, Ashok Mishra, of his school in Greater Noida for four years.

On September 13 and 16, the district magistrate, in two separate meetings with the school authorities, had directed all schools to follow CBSE guidelines and a deadline of September 30 was given to fulfil all requirements. The instructions were given after the murder of a seven-year-old student on the premises of Ryan International School, Gurgaon.

As per CBSE guidelines, schools must ensure that CCTV cameras installed by them are of high quality. If fencing is required at any boundary wall, it must be done at the earliest. At the beginning of school hours and at the end, sufficient school staff should be deployed to ensure children’s safety.

The deadline was then extended till October 10. The administration has inspected around 10 schools till now and a report has been submitted to the DM.

“We are inspecting schools and all the loopholes found have been mentioned in the report to the DM. Further action will be decided by him,” said Mahindra Singh, city magistrate.

In most schools, officials, during the inspection, found that CCTV cameras are not in place. “We have a list of 124 schools that we will inspect. The inspection slowed down following Diwali vacations as schools were closed,” added Singh.

The school authority of the school where the boy was sexually assaulted has claimed that the police failed to do the verification work on time. “We have provided all the required documents related to our staff but police haven’t got back with any verification,” the school’s principal said.

However, during the investigation, it was found that the school had not provided any details about the accused Ashok Mishra.

“The school did not provide any documents related to the accused of sexually assaulting a student. We will ask the school authority about it. We have been doing the verification work but it takes time as many of the staff members are from different cities and districts,” said Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police.

The district administration is now claiming that strict action will be taken against the school management. “The school will face tough action and our investigation in the matter is on. We have inspected the school where the incident took place and appropriate action will be taken soon,” said BN Singh, DM.

The district education department has sent a notification to all schools and clearly stated that during the inspection, it was found that many schools have not taken the guidelines seriously. It also said that if any school is found not following the guidelines, they will face strict action, including the cancellation of the licence.

First Published: Oct 26, 2017 22:43 IST