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Gurugram's Ryan International which reopened after 10 days gets shut for another week
Gurugram's Ryan International School reopened on September 18 after remaining shut since September 8, the fateful day on which the brutal murder of seven-year-old class II student Pradhyumn Thakur took place. The boy's throat had been slit in the school's washroom.

However, the school that reopened was not the same. It still had that morbid look since in the intervening period the empathy between the staff and students hit a new low and Pradhyumn's parents continued to be against the reopening without addressing all the requisite safety concerns and sharing them with the parents.

Consequently, within a few hours of reopening, the school was closed for another week and is likely to reopen on September 25. The school saw just 25 per cent attendance owing to jittery parents and fear writ large on children's faces.

Recently, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in response to the Supreme Court's query, sent a circular to all its affiliated schools for conducting psychometric evaluation of all staff including teachers, students, and non-teaching persons within the coming two months.

It seems no one is taking their duties, roles and functions properly. The apex court pulls up the CBSE, they pull up the schools, schools pull up their staff, and the staff pull up the parents and their children. It becomes an exercise in passing down the circulars and directives, one after another.

Now, schools are wondering: which psychiatrist to rope in and with which measuring tool that does get challenged on the basis of its validity and reliability. Last of all, what to do with those who are found to be low on the scale.

As far as Ryan International School is concerned, I think, in the intervening period, there should be rapport building exercises and sensitivity trainings for different sections of the staff for building mutual trust. The school and staff therein are for children, therefore, the concern for the safety, well being and education of children should be heightened. New Shiksha Mantra for the schools can be: "We serve and support children for joyful life and learning."

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