Viqarunnisa’s classes, exams postponed for indefinite period
The authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College have postponed all of its classes and exams of all branches for indefinite period to avert any untoward incident following the protest.
Amid widespread protests following suicide incident of a class nine student of the school, the authorities made the announcement in this regard at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
Education Ministry has asked the governing body of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College to suspend its three teachers, including acting principal Nazneen Ferdous, over the incident.
The two other teachers are shift-in-charge of morning shift Jeenat Ara and class teacher Hasna Hena.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told the journalists while addressing a press briefing at his secretariat office in this morning.
The ministry has also decided to cancel the teachers' MPOs, Nahid said, adding that departmental action will be taken against all the three teachers.
Earlier, morning shift in-charge Jinat Akhtar was suspended and she was served a show-cause notice, asking why action should not be taken against her.
Meanwhile, two separate probe committees have been formed to probe the suicide incident.
On Tuesday, a three-member probe body, led by Professor Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office, was formed to investigate the incident. The committee has been asked to submit its report within three-day.
The two other members of the committee are Deputy Director Shakhawat Hossain of Dhaka Regional Education office and Dhaka district education officer Benzir Ahmed.
Besides, the school authorities have formed a three-member probe committee which was asked to submit its report within three days.
On Tuesday, the High Court has also asked the Education Ministry to form a five member committee to look into the incident and directed it to submit the report within one month.
The students and guardians of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College continued demonstration on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of its 9th grader Aritree Adhikari.
A number of students and guardians took position in front of the main gate of its Bailey Road branch in the morning and staged demonstration chanting different slogans against the accused.
They demanded exemplary punishment of the accused for scolding Aritree that led her to commit suicide.
They also demanded to bring the accused under trial after publishing the probe report within three days as per the directive of the Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.
A case was filed against three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, including its Principal Naznin Ferdous, over the suicide of Aritree Adhikari.
The two others accused are school’s morning shift in-charge Jinat Akhtar and class teacher Hasna Hena.
Addition Deputy Commissioner of Motijheel Zone Shibli Noman said Dilip Adhikari, father of victim, filed the case with Paltan Police Station on Tuesday night accusing the trio of prompting Aritee to committing suicide.
Adhriti Odhikari reportedly committed suicide at her Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday.
The suicidal incident took place as teachers allegedly rebuked Adhriti and her parents as she carried mobile phone during examination.