Viquarunnisa drops principal, two others
Police, RAB asked to book errant teachers, institution closed sine die
Published : Thursday, 6 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 511
The Education Ministry has asked the governing body of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College to suspend three accused teachers-the school's acting principal Naznin Ferdous, morning shift in-charge Zinat Akhtar and Class teacher of Class-IX Hasna Hena. The move came hours after the government scrapped MPO benefits for the three Viqarunnisa teachers.
Meanwhile, the education Ministry has written to the police and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) asking them to take legal action against three Viqarunnisa teachers after the suicide of a student.
Earlier in the day, Education Minister Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said the probe body, formed by his Ministry, has found three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College responsible for the suicide of Aritri Adhikary. Nahid announced the panel's recommendations to suspend those teachers and take departmental and legal action against them.
The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education sent the letter to the Director General of RAB and the Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Wednesday.
The letter urged legal action against Nazneen Ferdous, Zinat Akhtar and Hasna Hena who are seen as the "instigators of the suicide" in a report filed by the government panel.
Separately, a Dhaka Court has directed the police to file their investigation report on January 9 on the suicide of Aritri, in a case filed by her father.
The authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College suspended the classes and examinations (from Class I to XII) in all branches for an indefinite period amid the growing protests of students and guardians over the suicide of Aritri Adhikary.
Mustari Sultana, a sociology teacher and a representative of teachers to the school governing body, said all the activities of the educational institution will remain suspended until further notice.
She said the decision has been taken as their students are unable to give attention to their study amid the evolving situation. Responding to a question, Sultana said the school will reopen when the situation will get normal. The students will be informed through mobile phone SMS, while the guardians will be informed about the exam dates.
Earlier in the day, the students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College resumed their demonstrations on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of its student Aritri.
Aritri Adhikary, a Class-IX student, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
The case, filed against three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, including its principal, over the suicide of schoolgirl Aritree Adhikari, has been transferred to Detective Branch of Police.
Md Mahabub Alam, Joint Commissioner (DB), said that the case was transferred to DB police from Paltan Police Station on Wednesday for thorough investigation.
Victim's father Dilip Adhikari filed the case with Paltan Police Station on Tuesday night accusing Principal Naznin Ferdous, morning shift in-charge Zinat Akhtar and class teacher Hasna Hena of provoking Aritri to committing suicide.
The incident sparked widespread protests among the students and their guardians who also demanded the removal of the accused teachers.