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Ryan International gets CBSE show-cause notice; warns of revoking license

Even as the Haryana government has decided to take over the management of Ryan International School in Gurugram for a period of three months, the school has received a notice from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The CBSE notice is a show-cause notice and it directs the school to provide the reasons why its license should not be revoked. The notice points to the fact that the school failed to take even the most basic security measures, due to which the 7-year old child was killed. The notice says that the tragic incident could have been avoided if the school had taken the basic safety measures. The CBSE had appointed a two-member fact finding committee to investigate the murder of 7-year old Pradhyumn Thakur. The committee found out that Ryan International was guilty of gross negligence.

An excerpt from the show cause notice sent by CBSE reads, “From the entire sequence of events it appears that the school is guilty of gross negligence and failed to ensure safety and security of students in its schools.” CBSE has given 15 days of time to the school to submit their reply. The school management has to provide their reasons why the school’s provisional affiliation should not be withdrawn for willful violation of provisions of CBSE by-laws. One of the major flaws discovered by the committee was that outsiders and students were using the same toilet. There was no separate toiler for outsiders. The committee also noticed that the boundary wall of the school was open to trespass. CCTV cameras were also limited and many were not even functioning.

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