Muscat: A student of Class XI of Indian School Muscat died on the school premises on Wednesday.
The 15-year-old boy was rushed to a nearby hospital, but the hospital authorities declared him dead on arrival.
The reason for the death is yet to be ascertained and the Royal Oman Police are investigating the matter.
The family came to Oman from the Indian city of Hyderabad. Since the boy was not feeling well, his teacher had asked him to go to the first aid room.
Instead, he went and sat in another empty classroom. There, he collapsed, and was spotted by a staff member, at around 11:15am.
He was rushed to the nearest hospital when his condition was discovered in the school. On arriving there, hospital officials confirmed that he was dead on arrival, which was before noon. They then called the Royal Oman Police, in keeping with the local law, so that the body could be taken for a postmortem.
A spokesperson for the government hospital told Times of Oman that the hospital had been notified around 3pm on Wednesday. He was transported to the government mortuary in an ambulance, where his paperwork was verified by the police and hospital authorities.
The school has declared a holiday on Thursday and all the exams have been cancelled. In a circular issued to the parents, the school said: “The school will remain closed on Thursday. The Indian School Muscat family expresses its sincere condolences to the bereaved family and we pray that the departed soul may rest in eternal peace.”
“The exams scheduled for tomorrow will be held on Saturday, February 23, from 7am to 10.45am. Remedial classes scheduled for tomorrow also stand cancelled. However, remedial classes will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, as per the schedule,” the school said, adding that some extra-curricular activities scheduled for the coming weekend had also been postponed.
“We would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to the family of the child,” said Dr Baby Sam Saamuel, chairman of the Board of Directors of Indian Schools in the Sultanate. “The school had a condolence meet to mark the memory of the young boy, and we stand by to offer our heartfelt and sincere support to the family at this time.”
Mukund Manohar, president of the Indian School Muscat Alumni Association (ISMA), also offered his condolences to his family.
“The ISMA team offers our deepest condolences on the passing of one of our beloved ISM students,” he said.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family who have been beset by this tragic loss. We honour his legacy and mourn this bereavement alongside his family and our friends. The ISMA team would like to offer any support we can provide to his family and our sincere request to other alumni is to do the same.”