Noida: Not much of a surprise that agitated parents raised security concerns regarding their wards and questioned the management of Ryan International School at Greater Noida in the parent-teacher meeting held on Wednesday evening.
According to the sources, hundreds of parents were invited for the meet by the school management after they had raised security concerns in the wake of gruesome murder. In the last seven days or so, post the murder, police and parents have raised objections on the working style of the schools managed by the Ryan group.
The meeting was held in the school campus where principal Sudha Singh took questions from parents regarding their safety concerns.
Parents alleged that the school body is flouting CBSE norms and thereby compromising with the safety of their wards.
“The buses provided by Ryan School are not in yellow colour as ordered by CBSE and there are no emergency numbers displayed on the bus either. Moreover, drinking water is also not provided by the school,” said Vikram Jethwani, a parent.
Another significant thing to note is that the parents also raised issue of lack of teachers inside the school bus in the morning hours when their wards are picked from their houses.
“Often, my kid complains that the bus driver drives rashly. Also, attendance of students inside the bus is not conducted by the school teachers,” said Dr Chandra, another parent.
“All our buses have first aid kits and fire extinguishers along with lady staff to take care of the children. The bus driver’s name and license is also mentioned on the school bus. However, the suggestions put forward by the parents are welcome and we will implement them soon,” said Singh.
Parents also raised concerns regarding police verification of bus drivers, conductors and housekeeping staff. Incidentally, in the Bhondsi school murder case, the prime suspect arrested by the police was the bus conductor.
“How do we know that the bus driver that has come to ferry my child in the morning is not drunk? Is he inspected by the school authorities every morning before he leaves with the bus?” asked Anshu Pandey, a parent.
“How is the verification of the drivers and other non teaching staff carried out in the school? We don’t want any male staff to enter the school premises post 7.15 am when the school officially opens. The housekeeping staff can come to clean the premises and leave before the school opens. We are okay with female helps but not male and we have seen in majority of the cases that it is the male staff who is the perpetrator,” said Neha Sharma, another parent.
The principal said that the police verification process is carried out by a third party contractor done under the supervision of the school management.
“I take care of my staff and I am responsible for their actions. Therefore, police verification process is carried out by the private contractor but it is supervised by me. We inspect the drivers every morning before they leave to ferry the children. Regarding barring entry of male helps in the school premises, it is not possible since we have a huge population of children studying from nursery to class 12,” said Singh.