Mobile phone use banned for students in Narail schools, colleges
Published: 12:31 PM, 2 July 2022 Updated: 12:32 PM, 2 July 2022
The use of mobile phones has been banned for students in all schools, colleges and madrasas in the Narail district. All students, including twelve-grade, won’t be able to use mobile phones in classrooms or in educational institutions.
A directive signed by district education officer SM Sayedur Rahman was sent to the heads of the institutions on Tuesday amid an incident of harassment to a college teacher over a student’s Facebook post.
It is learned that the letter was received by the heads of the educational institutions on Thursday.
The letter requested the heads of educational institutions to follow a few guidelines. The directive banned students up to class XII in secondary school colleges and madrasas from bringing mobiles to educational institutions; Teachers are asked to be diligent in enforcing the directive strictly and to check students’ bags if necessary; If a student is caught with a mobile phone, a disciplinary action against him was asked.
The letter said despite the ban on students bringing mobile phones into educational institutions, students are “secretly bringing” mobile phones and creating an “embarrassing and tense situation” with various types of controversial posts, likes and shares without considering the outcome.
Besides, to ensure the ban on using mobile phones and not to bring them to educational institutions, parents were asked to organize a meeting with the students of ninth-tenth and eleventh-twelfth classes after the upcoming Eid holidays.
On June 17, a student of Mirzapur United Degree College in Sadar Upazila shared a controversial post on Facebook. The students of the college and the local agitated people complained of “insulting religion”. A shoe garland was put on acting principal Swapan Kumar Biswas’s neck — alleging that he gave support to the student as he belonged to the same religion.
Later, the principal was immediately arrested along with the accused college student. On the same day, the police released the principal from police custody. After this incident, there was a storm of protests across the country.
Mirzapur police outpost in-charge SI Sheikh Morshalin filed a case with the Narail police station on Monday afternoon accusing 170 to 180 unidentified persons. Police arrested three people on Monday night after filing a case.
The district administration and the police administration have formed a separate committee to investigate the incident of putting a shoe garland around the neck of the principal of Mirzapur United Degree College and a student of the college.
Additional District Magistrate Jubayer Chowdhury was made the convener of the probe committee formed by the district administration. The other two members of the committee are – District Education Officer Sayedur Rahman and Sadar Police Station OC Sheikh Shawkat Kabir.
The police administration, on the other hand, formed another probe body, making Additional District Superintendent of Police Reazul Islam as convener. The other members of the committee are – DI One Mir Shariful Haque and Inspector of Police (Crime) Rafiqul Islam.