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Edu. Minister fallen in students’ face:

Govt takes Viqarunnisa incident seriously: Nahid

Staff CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com
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Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has fallen in the face of the students of Viqarunnisa Noon after going there regarding a class nine student Adhriti Odhikari’s suicide.

When Minister went to school at around 11:30 am on Tuesday, the students burst into protest. They want to 'seek justice and seek justice' in front of the Education Minister.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said “I want to say it clearly that we, the Education Ministry, are taking the incidents of suicide as a serious matter. We think this incident... the suicide of the student is very painful to us. We can't spare it so easily...” Minister said this while talking to reporters in front of the VNSC main gate at the city's Bailey Road after a visit to it.

He said, “A three-member probe committee has been formed. It'll find out who was behind it (suicide) and steps will be taken once the report is submitted.”

The minister also said this type of incident are not acceptable at all and not even such type of relations between teachers and students.

“Considering the issue as not only psychological but also criminal one, we've discussed it with the police and asked them to cooperate with us,” Nahid said adding, “We've talked to the victim's guardians over phone. They're so shocked that they're now staying home.”

Aritree Adhikari, daughter of Dilip Adhikari, and a Class-IX student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using a mobile phone during the examination.

Earlier in the day, the ministry formed a three-member probe body, led by Prof Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office, at the directive of minister Nahid to investigate the suicide incident.

While talking to reporters at the Secretariat, the minister 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 told reporters, “We don't expect such incidents to happen anymore...steps will be taken following the investigation.”

Earlier in the morning, the Education Minister said, “Guardians are taking a procession, I have heard, the matter became complicated. I'm going thereupon. Hearing the incident on Monday, I have taken as much information as possible. Then I spoke to law enforcement agencies. I told them, you see the legal aspect, because of which there is a criminal case. And we'll look at our case.”

He said that the director of Dhaka Regional Office of the Department of Secondary and Higher Education for investigation of the incident a three-member high-level inquiry committee has been constituted by Yousuf.

The committee has been asked to submit the report in the next three days, Minister also informed.

Adhriti Odhikari, daughter of Dilip Odhikari, and a Class-IX student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using a mobile phone during the examination.

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