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Pradyuman Thakur murder case: CBSE slaps show cause notice on the school; Haryana government orders CBI probe
Consequent to the chilling murder of Pradyuman Thakur, 7, in the school toilet, a two-member fact finding committee set up by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), after a lapse of an appreciable time, has found and testified that Ryan International School (RIS) in Gurugram was guilty of gross negligence toward the safety of children.

The CBSE has issued a show cause notice to RIS saying that why its affiliation should not be withdrawn for having failed to observe the mandatory security measures.

Meanwhile, the Government of Haryana has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into Pradyuman's murder and has also decided to take over the administration of the school for three months.

However, it needs to be looked into that why did the CBSE, which is an autonomous body, took many days to wake up or got woken up from its slumber. The CBSE, itself has been guilty by the courts for negligence and lapses in its duty.

The CBSE has also been in in news for various reasons. A recent news story, that appeared in most national dailies, informs that in Jaipur, the Rajasthan High Court has imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the CBSE for rejecting the request for change of date of birth of a student of local SMS school despite meeting all the requisites formalities and observance of rules spelt out by the CBSE.

Another news story about the CBSE tells that the organization had sent a show-cause notice to all its affiliated schools in April this year for not furnishing complete information on their official. But, the question arises, why the CBSE did not send the show cause notice immediately after the deadline of updating by the affiliated schools website? Why en masse show causes notices were slapped?

It needs to be noticed that CBSE had earlier too a deadline for furnishing requisite information. Then they extended it by a month by conceding to the demand of the schools on the plea it was too short a notice. The schools seem not be taking the CBSE seriously. Thereafter, show cause notices were issued to the erring schools after a lapse of considerable time.

When, I asked an English language teacher, how such a situation is described as an idiom, he said: Pot calling the kettle black. But, he quickly added that there could be better idioms to describe such a situation, which is unable to recall due to a 'short notice'.

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