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Gurugram boy murder: CBSE sends show cause notice to Ryan school

Police stand guard at Ryan International School in Gurugram on September 9, 2017.

Police stand guard at Ryan International School in Gurugram on September 9, 2017.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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CBSE fact-finding committee said the Ryan International School was guilty of gross negligence.

Serving a show cause notice on the Ryan International School's Bhondsi branch on Saturday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked the school to respond within two weeks to explain the security lapses and why its affiliation should not be cancelled.

“The notice asks the school why CBSE guidelines on security were violated. It also says that lapses in security were found and asks the school to reply as to why its affiliation should not be withdrawn,” a CBSE official confirmed.

The Board will take a call on further action on the school after studying its reply.

Probe panel

The CBSE notice follows the submission of the report of a two-member committee on the murder of an eight-year-old student in the school recently.

The committee comprising Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan deputy commissioner Y. Arun Kumar and principal of Government co-ed senior secondary school in Preet Vihar Kailash Chand, was constituted to probe the matter.

This report on lapses in arrangements has become the basis of the show-cause notice.

“The report on Ryan [International School] has been received by the Board and is being examined in the light of prescribed guidelines and violations thereof,” the CBSE official told The Hindu. “A show cause notice to the school has been served to be responded to within a fortnight. The next action will be taken accordingly.”

The two-member committee found lapses in the security arrangements in the school. Bus drivers and conductors were found to be using toilets meant for students; there was a breach in the school's boundary wall; there was a dearth of CCTV cameras and even the ones installed were sometimes found to be non-functional.

Lax supervision

Some floors of the school were unused and yet were not locked, meaning students had access to unused classrooms and toilets, the report said. Moreover, there were no special toilet arrangements or ramps for disabled students, the report found.

The school has drawn considerable flak after a student was found murdered in the toilet of the school in Gurugram on September 8. The child had his throat slit. A conductor of a school bus was arrested after the incident.

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