A 4-year-old girl was found dead on a school bus in Qatar on Sunday, September 11, hours after she was due to be dropped off at her private kindergarten.
The deceased, Minsa Maryam Jacob, fell asleep on the bus to her school in the eastern town of Al Wakrah and the bus staff failed to notice that she had not gotten off with her fellow students.
The bus was reportedly parked in the open during the daytime heat, which can reach over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) by midday, with no one realizing the child was missing.
In the afternoon, when school staff entered the bus before the return trip, they saw the girl lying unconscious. She was taken to hospital but doctors could not save her.
The daughter of Kochuparambil Abhilash Chacko, designer-artist and Soumya, originally from India, was a kindergarten student at Springfield Kindergarten in Al Vakra in Doha.
News of Mariam’s death has sparked an outpouring of grief and anger online, with many calling for urgent action and accountability.
Education Minister Buthaina Al Nuaimi offered her condolences to the girl’s parents on Monday.
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education confirmed the death of a kindergarten student at a private school, saying it had “opened an investigation into the incident” with the relevant authorities.
In a tweet, the ministry affirmed its commitment to ensuring the highest quality of security.
“The Ministry of Education and Higher Education mourns the death of a kindergarten student at a private school. The ministry, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, has opened an investigation into the incident.”
“The ministry, together with the respective authorities, will take the necessary measures and guarantee the maximum penalty for the culprits in accordance with the applicable regulations and based on the results of the ongoing investigation.”
“The ministry also affirms its concern for upholding the highest standards of safety and security for its students and will not tolerate any shortcomings in this regard. It extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased student,” it said. -he adds.
Education Minister Buthaina Al-Nuaimi on Monday offered condolences to bereaved parents Abilash Chacko and Soumya.