The government has scrapped MPO benefits and suspend for three Viqarunnisa Noon School and College teachers, including Principal Nazneen Ferdous, after the suicide of a student, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said.
Departmental action will be taken against all the three teachers, Nahid said.
Nahid briefed the media on the findings filed by a government-formed panel that investigated the events leading to the suicide of Aritry Adhikary, a ninth-grade student who died by suicide after humiliation by those teachers.
Nahid announced the panel’s recommendations to suspend those teachers and take departmental and legal action against them.
The death and the subsequent agitation, joined by parents, rocked the 66-year-old institute and prompted the education ministry and the school authorities to form two separate probe committees.
Besides, the High Court directed the education secretary to form another five-member committee headed by an additional secretary of the ministry to look into the matter.
Earlier in the day, a group of students gathered outside the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, demanding justice.
Another group inside the school says whatever is being said against the teachers is not completely true.
“The whole matter has ended up in the court. The court will take its decision,” said Mushtari Sultana, a Viqarunnisa teacher.
The teachers have called for the students to take the exams around 12:30 pm, but the students refused to accept it.
They vowed to continue the movement and demanded the resignation of the principal.
# # Aritry Adhikary, a ninth grader, was found hanging from the ceiling of her home in the capital’s Shantinagar on Monday (December 3) hours after she and her parents were allegedly insulted by some teachers of the school.
Around 8:00 pm yesterday, Aritry’s father Dilip filed a case with Paltan Police Station accusing Nazneen, Zinat and Aritry’s class teacher Hasna Hena of provoking the suicide.
Holding the certificates of his daughter close to his chest, Dilip cried the entire time while talking to the media.
“My daughter knew seven different languages and got an award from British Council as the best book reader,” he said, adding Aritry had secured GPA-5 in her Primary Education Completion Examination and Junior School Certificate examinations in 2014 and 2017.
“I pleaded with them to give my daughter a second chance. Aritry even tried to hold the teachers’ leg,” he said.