Ryan International School in Gurugram today reopened days after the murder of a 7-year-old student inside the washroom of the institution, according to ANI report. The school bus conductor was arrested for the murder of the child. Parents have expressed anxiety and apprehensions. “From now we’ll have fear in our minds till our kids would reach home. The school authority should look after the safety of the children,”a guardian was quoted as saying ANI. Another parent asked for thorough background checking of staff and said that educated people should be recruited in schools.
Following the incident, the Delhi government’s transport department has impounded 250 school buses, including 10 of Ryan International Group of Institutions, during its ongoing drive against errant school vehicles, a senior government official had said Several enforcement teams of the transport department impounded 250 private school buses for violations, the official said. “Among the impounded buses, 10 were of Ryan
International group of schools,” the official said. Efforts to get Ryan International Group’s comments elicited no response. Enforcement teams found that some drivers were not carrying PSV (public service vehicle) badges and some conductors did not meet the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court, the official said.
As per the rules, the conductor of a school bus requires a licence and must be 10th pass. The Delhi government formed a high-level committee to look into safety aspects, including transportation of children at schools. “There will be no compromise with safety and security of children and more stringent measures will be taken in future,” a government source said.
The high-level committee of the government headed by the director of its Directorate of Education (DoE) has proposed amendments in the School Cab Policy, 2007, to make schools answerable for buses and cabs ferrying school children. According to transport department officials, over 10,000 private buses and cabs were hired for ferrying school children in the city.