Toddler dies after falling into sump at ‘unlicenced’ school  

 In a tragic incident,  a two-and-a-half-year-old nursery student drowned in a water sump at a playschool in Safilguda in Secunderabad on Tuesday.

Published: 15th November 2017 02:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2017 07:34 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: In a tragic incident,  a two-and-a-half-year-old nursery student drowned in a water sump at a playschool in Safilguda in Secunderabad on Tuesday.The boy, N Shivarchit, went to the school as usual in the morning and everything seemed smooth till his mother Vishala arrived to pick him up around 11:30 am as the school was celebrating Children’s Day. But to her shock she could not find him.

Parents burning a flexi of the school after a
toddler fell in the water sump of playschool
and died, in Hyderabad on Tuesday | R
Satish Babu

She informed her husband Anil, who rushed to the school  and they started looking for their child on the school premises and in nearby areas. A little while later, they found the toddler in an water sump in a unconscious state.

The sump lay next to a congested play area in the backyard. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital but was declared “brought dead”. The school, whose negligence was glaring, is said to have no registration, education department officials said. 

“It is a sheer negligence of the school management and we registered a case under Section 304A. We have taken one of the directors into our custody.

The school has no adequate staff strength and we will give a report to the district education officer  and mandal education officer for necessary action,” said G Sundeep, ACP, Malkajgiri, adding that they would also serve a notice to the revenue department under Section 133 of Crpc for closure of the school.

With no toilet at school, boy goes out to relieve himself in canal, drowns
Though much is talked about constructing toilets in schools in villages across the country under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan,  lack of sufficient number of toilets in the Zilla Parishad High School in the district had allegedly claimed the life of one school student. The boy, who went near a canal to attend nature’s call, accidentally fell into the water and drowned, police said.  Vallapu Vijayendar (11) is a Class VI student at the ZP High School  at Akkalayagudem village.

Two toilets were constructed for girl students of higher classes and teachers and another two toilets for girls of Classes VI and VII. There are no toilets for the male teachers or boys.  They  go to a nearby open place abutting the Alimineti Madhava Reddy project canal to relieve themselves.  On Tuesday Vijayendar went to the banks of the canal. While returning, his legs got trapped in the trousers and he slipped into the canal. Another boy, who was nearby, tried to rescue him but in vain. 

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