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Viqarunnisa principal, 2 teachers suspended; Their MPOs cancelled

Published : Wednesday, 5 December, 2018 at 1:19 PM Count : 817

Naznin Ferdous, Bailey road branch head teacher Zinnat Ara

Naznin Ferdous, Bailey road branch head teacher Zinnat Ara

The principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College and two other teachers have been suspended over the suicide of the institution's ninth grader Aritree Adhikari.

The Education Ministry has also ordered to cancel the MPO benefits of Principal Naznin Ferdous, Bailey road branch head teacher Zinnat Ara and class teacher Hasna Hena.

Education Minister Nurul Islam in a press briefing at the Secretariat on Wednesday said the decision was taken based on the findings provided by ministry-formed probe body.

He also said that instruction has been given to take departmental and legal action against the accused following recommendations by the probe body.

Aritree, 15, a Class-IX student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.

UNB adds: On Tuesday, the Education Ministry formed the three-member probe committee led by Prof Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office, to submit its report within three days.

However, the committee has finalised its report working over day and night, the minister said.

"The probe body has found that three teachers had threatened the victim's parents and behaved with them rudely when they came to meet them," he said.

Aritee could not tolerate the humiliation of her parents and eventually committed suicide, the minister added.

"We've recommended the managing committee of the school to suspend the three accused teachers and decided to cancel the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) of the three teachers," said Nahid adding that the decision of cancellation of the MPO has already come into effect.

"We've also recommended the managing committee to take necessary administrative steps and other legal steps necessary."

The minister said the committee has also identified various irregularities in the institute, including in its admission process and coaching business.

"These irregularities have been going on for years. The school authorities have opened additional sections in each class and new branch without taking necessary approval. Even, complaints of taking around Tk 10 lakh for admission of a single student has been raised against the school authorities," the minister added.




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