CBSE blames Ryan management for major safety lapses

Frederick Owens
September 17, 2017

The circular, named "Safety of Children" and sent to over 19,000 schools affiliated with CBSE, asserted the school authorities are exclusively responsible for keeping a student safe within school campus, the Times of India reported.

Indicting the school administration, the committee had said, "The school has failed to observe basic security measures as stipulated by the Board, which are of preventive nature and could have avoided the unfortunate death of the child".

The CBSE report says that Ryan International flouted several rules, including the fact that CCTV cameras in sensitive areas weren't working. The schools have to carry out these exercises and post an update on the CBSE website in two months.

The board has also from time to time issued instructions to implement and sensitise the schools for ensuring the safety and security of students during school time and while in transit to school and back home. Sources said untoward incidents in CBSE-affiliated schools in the Northeast too are slowly but steadily rising.

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On September 8, a seven-year-old boy was found murdered inside a school in Gurugram and the next day a five-year-old girl was raped in a school in east Delhi. "Such verification and evaluation for non-teaching staff - such as bus drivers, conductors, peons and other support staff - may be done very carefully and in a detailed manner". We have also ordered a federal probe into the murder as demanded by the murdered boy's parents.

In a statement, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the mayor said, "All school principals have been directed to ensure that staff members reach 15 minutes before the scheduled opening time and leave the premises 15 minutes after the students have left".

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 children's safety as anybody can enter the campus.

It clearly said that Ryan failed to save Pradhuman Thakur, the class II student, who was found murdered in the school toilet. Furthermore, it stated that schools should strive to promote a better understanding among teachers and staff on laws protecting the safety of children admitted there.

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