Head teacher suspended over Viqarunnisa student suicide

  • Tue,4 Dec 2018 03:56:24 PM

British Asia News Network

Bangladesh: The morning shift head teacher Zinnat Ara has been suspended by Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in response to public anger over the suicide of a student.

“The morning shift head teacher has been suspended for the sake of investigation,” the principal said. The suicide sparked fury among students and guardians and turned the spotlight on the controversial handling of students by one of the top schools in Bangladesh.

Aritree was found dead -- her body hanging from a ceiling fan -- in her room. The principal of the school allegedly insulted her and the parents of the ninth-grader because she had cheated in an exam. 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.

A relative had said earlier that Aritree and her parents went to the school on Monday, and the principal insulted them. Principal Nazneen denied the allegation. Earlier today the Ministry of Education and the Viqarunnisa authorities set up two panels with a three-day deadline to turn in investigation reports over the incident. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid visited the institution and promised that action would be taken against those responsible for the death of the student once a full investigation had been done.

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