Staff Correspondent
Viqarunnisa Noon School and College has suspended its morning shift head teacher Zinnat Ara amid public outcry over the ‘suicide’ of a student.
The teacher was suspended on Tuesday as part of an effort to ensure a proper investigation into the death of Aritree Adhikari, said Principal Nazneen Ferdous.
Earlier, two probe bodies have been formed to investigate the suicide incident of a class-IX student of Viquarunnisa School and College (VNSC). The Ministry of Education on Tuesday formed a committee while the other probe body was formed by the VNSC authorities.
Besides, VNSC issued a show-cause notice against Zinnat Ara, morning shift in-charge, and ordered her to refrain from all duties.
Earlier on Monday, Adhriti Odhikari, daughter of Dilip Odhikari, and a Class-IX student of VNSC, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city after allegedly being rebuked by teachers over using mobile phone to plagiarise in tests.
Protesting the incident, students and their guardians of the college on Tuesday gathered in front of their institution and demanded exemplary punishment to the teachers engaged in misbehaving with them that led a class-IX student to commit suicide by herself. They announced boycotting all the examinations until ‘justice is done’. They also declared a sit-in programme in front of the college gate today.
“We want justice. Some teachers always misbehave with us. We are the students and respect our teachers very much. But if some of our teachers continue to misbehave with us, it will not bring good for us,” a student said.
They also blocked the Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid’s car in front of the institution when the minister went there to look into the matter.
When the education minister tried to enter the college, hundreds of students encircled his car and started chanting slogan ‘We want justice’.
The agitating students also demanded exemplary punishment of VNSC Principal Nazneen Ferdous.
At one stage Nurul Islam Nahid got down from his car and talked to agitating students and assured them of justice.
Guardians also expressed serious resentment over the behaviour of VNSC teachers, which led the ninth-grader to commit suicide.
“I along with my wife and daughter Adhriti went to vice-principal’s room. As soon as I along with my wife and daughter Adhriti entered his room he started scolding and shouting at us. At one stage, he ousted us from his room,” Dilip Odhikari, Adhriti’s father told reporters.
He also asked me to take my daughter’s transfer certificate.
“Later, I went to the principal’s room where a member of school committee was present. The principal became furious and burst into anger. She asked us to leave her room. We left her room and went home. Feeling seriously insulted my daughter killed herself,” he said.
Many students on Tuesday expressed their unwillingness to appear in the final examination.
Talking to reporters Principal Nazneen Ferdous said if the students do not want sit for the examinations, their examination would be taken later.
“Decision to take part in the examination will depend on the students’ desires,” she said.
She also said they have also formed a probe body to investigate the incident. The body has also been asked to submit report within three days.
The three-member committee formed by the education ministry is led by Prof Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office.
The minister said this while talking to reporters at the Secretariat in the morning.
He said the two other members of the committee are deputy director Shakhawat Hossain of Dhaka Regional Education office and Dhaka district education officer Benzir Ahmed.
The committee has been asked to submit its report within three days.
Nahid said, “We don’t expect such incidents to happen anymore…steps will be taken following the investigation.”