Viqarunnisa Noon School and College’s Bailey Road campus on Friday resumed its terminal examinations after three days of protests surrounding the suicide of a student.
Students were seen attending the examinations at the school campus, many of them coming with their parents.
Meanwhile, some 100 present and former students, parents and teachers demonstrated on the school premises for release of Hasna Hena, the class teacher who was arrested and sent to jail in case filed over the schoolgirl’s suicide.
They have taken to the streets to demand the release of teacher Hasna Hena, who they say was unfairly sent to prison over the death of student Aritry Adhikary. Therefore, the demonstrators called for the unconditional release of the ‘innocent’ teacher and restoring her reputation .
They joined the demonstration with an emotional appeal as Hasna Hena is their colleague, a teacher said.
The demonstrators emphasise that they want ‘proper justice’ over Aritry’s death.
“But we also want to ensure that no teacher is unfairly harassed.”
The renowned Dhaka school fell into unrest after class nine student Aritry committed suicide on Monday.
It was alleged that she had taken her own life because the principal had called in the girl’s parents and ‘humiliated them’ when she was caught with a mobile phone during an exam.
But the school authority said she was caught cheating on the final exam on Sunday.
Hasna Hena was Aritry’s class teacher. She was named alongside Viqarunnisa Acting Principal Nazneen Ferdous and Morning Shift In-Charge Zinnat Akhtar in the case filed by Aritry’s father over her death.
The three teachers were fired and had their MPO scrapped after a Ministry of Education probe found that they had instigated the girl’s suicide. The probe also instructed police and RAB to take necessary legal action.
Hasna Hena was arrested by police.
On Wednesday, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sayeed scrapped her bail petition and sent her to jail.