Qatari authorities are investigating the incident and the girl reportedly died after being exposed to high temperatures.
The Qatar Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the death of a 4-year-old student who was allegedly left behind on a school bus during a period of extremely hot daytime temperatures.
The ministry of education and higher education confirmed on Sunday that an Indian kindergarten student living abroad had died, adding that they had “launched an investigation into the incident.”
“Regarding regulations, the Ministry and their respective authorities will take necessary measures and maximum punishment against the aggressors according to the results of the ongoing investigation,” the statement said.
“The Department also confirms that it is committed to adhering to the highest quality security and safety standards for its students and will not tolerate any shortcomings in this regard. I apologize,” the official said.
left on the bus
Local media reports said the student had fallen asleep on the way to school and school bus staff were unaware that she had not gotten off the bus with other students.
Buses are reportedly left parked in open spaces during the heat of the day, and temperatures can exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) at noon, yet no one is missing a child. It was left without noticing that it had become.
The child, who was due to have a birthday on the same day, was found hours later at 11:30 a.m. and taken to hospital, where doctors tried to revive him but were ultimately unsuccessful.
News of a child’s death has sparked an outpouring of grief and anger online, with many calling for urgent action and accountability.
According to local reports, the private kindergarten has yet to publicly address the incident.