The Gurgaon incident in Ryan International School has brought back some horrific memories for the Singh family in Mumbai. Two years ago, their 13-year-old son was allegedly beaten up by a teacher in Ryan School, Chembur. But instead of taking action the child was suspended from the school and humiliated.
In October 2015, Yash Singh a grade 9 Student in Ryan International School, Chembur, was allegedly slapped several times by a school teacher injuring him badly. His only crime was that his shirt wasn’t buttoned properly.
The parents raised up the issue with the school and government authorities. Initially the school admitted to the mistake, though in private but when the authorities came in, the Singh family claims their child was made the target by the school.
“When I spoke to the teacher concerned she initially agreed that Shehad hit the child but it wasn’t a hard blow. Later the school completely denied the incident. First they informed us that they have removed the teacher but to our surprise she was reinstated,” claims Amit Singh, father of Yash.
School Inspection Officer of the BMC investigated the matter and wrote to the school in a strongly-worded letter that the medical report prima facie showed that that the child was beaten up and action should be taken against the erring teacher. But the very next day of the inquiry the school suspended Yash for 45 days.
And the school did not stop at that, they made a remark of “problematic child” on his school leaving certificate, making it difficult for Yash to find a new school.
Sumedha, Yash’s mother, still finds the entire episode traumatic.
“We had to run from one school to another as no school was willing to give us admission because of the remark and all this was happening when my son was in 10th grade and had to appear for his boards,” Sumedha said.
But that’s not the end of the story. The family alleges that none other than Grace Pinto, the founder of the Ryan Group, herself came to the school and threatened their child for raising this issue in the media.
“Grace Pinto madam came to my class and asked me whether I was the “famous” boy who has approached the media? She also asked me that whether the teacher broke my bones that I was going around in the town bringing bad name to the school,” Yash said narrating his ordeal.
The matter is still being heard before the child rights commission in Mumbai.
The way Ryan School reinstated the erring teacher even after authorities’ reports shows the scant respect the school has for law. Yash’s parents are fighting a long drawn legal battle with the mighty school at the child rights commissions for the last two years.
Fearing for their child’s future, not every Yash Singh has parents who can gather courage to fight such a mighty system.