Students sit for exams, want detained teacher’s release

Hasina Begum made new acting principal

Staff CorrespondentStaff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 08,2018 | Updated: 02:25, Dec 08,2018

Viqarunnisa Noon School and College

Viqarunnisa Noon School and College students take to the streets in Dhaka on Friday demanding release of teacher Hasna Hena arrested over suicide of a schoolgirl. — Abdullah Apu

Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College on Friday sat for their rescheduled examinations and, after the examination hours, held demonstration in front of their institution for release of their detained teacher Hasna Hena.
Hasina Begum, assistant professor of Viqarunnisa Noon college branch, was made new acting principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College while morning branch teacher Mohsin Talukdar was made head of the morning shift, said governing body chairman Golam Ashraf Talukdar.
The students, boycotting their examinations, began their agitation to press home their six demands including removal of principal following the suicide of Class IX student Aritri Adhikari allegedly after teachers insulted her parents in her presence on Monday.
They called off their agitation on Thursday afternoon after a meeting with their teachers and announced that they would sit for rescheduled examinations from Friday.
Class IX class teacher Hasna Hena, arrested from Uttara on Wednesday night by detectives in a case lodged by Aritri’s father Dilip Adhikari, sent to jail by a Dhaka Court on Thursday.
Dilip also accused acting principal Nazneen Ferdous and morning shift in-charge Jinat Akhter who were still absconding, police said.
On Friday, students of class VII and class IX sat for rescheduled examinations from 12:30pm.
After the examinations, they gathered in front of their school main entrance where they chanted slogan demanding release of the arrested teacher. They ended the day’s protest about 5:30pm, saying that they would continue the protest until Hasna Hena was released.
Aritri, daughter of Dilip Adhikari, ended her life by hanging herself at their Shantinagar residence.
The tragedy occurred allegedly after teachers insulted her parents in her presence on Monday, when her mobile phone was seized on suspicions that she used it to copy her social science paper on Sunday.
After Aritri’s death, Viqarunnisa authorities as well as education ministry formed separate committees to probe the incident.
The committee formed by the ministry found acting principal Nazneen Ferdous, morning shift in-charge Jinat Akhter and class teacher Hasna Hena involved in instigating Aritri to commit suicide and asked the school governing body to remove them, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid said on Wednesday.
The school managing committee in an emergency meeting on Wednesday evening removed the three teachers from their jobs.

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