Principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Nazneen Ferdous briefs media on Tuesday. Photo: BP

Staff Correspondent     

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday asked the management committee of VNSC to suspend its three teachers including its acting principal and in-charge of morning-shift over suicide of a class nine student.

He asked the governing body of VNSC to suspend its three teachers over the suicide of a class nine student.

“We’ve also decided to cancel the teachers’ MPOs and asked the authorities concerned to take legal action against them,” Nahid told a press briefing at his secretariat office.

The three suspended teachers are acting principal Nazneen Ferdous, shift-in-charge of morning shift Jeenat Ara and class teacher Hasna Hena.

Aritree Adhikari, 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.

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.

Meanwhile, students of VNSC on Wednesday staged demonstration in front of the institution again demanding immediate arrest of those who instigated a class-IX student to commit suicide.

Since morning carrying various placards the students along with their guardians from different parts of the city started gathering in front of their institution and staged demonstration.

Besides, guardians and local people also gathered in front of the VNSC and extended their all out support the students’ demonstration.

The guardian also demanded resignation of principal and the members of governing body.

They also chanted slogan ‘“It is not suicide, it is murder,” demanding exemplary punishment of the teachers involved in humiliating the student who later committed suicide by herself.