12:00 AM, November 22, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 22, 2012

Editorial

Students manhandling teachers!

Mere condemnation is not enough

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Some students bearing the label of Bangladesh Chhatra League have had the temerity to assault teachers at the Islamic University, IU, of Kushtia. A large number of teachers were staging a sit-in demanding removal of IU VC, Pro-VC and Treasurer for alleged irregular recruitment of some 132 teachers, employees and staff of the university.
Not quite unlike what happened at Buet, general teachers were articulating grievances which should have normally been sorted out through discussion.
The Islamic University Teachers' Association, IUTA, has been boycotting classes since early September demanding that Chancellor should intervene to remove the three top men of IU administration. Monday's sit-in was part of that programme.
The most unfortunate part of the incident is the manner in which the so-called BCL students descended on the teachers when they were demonstrating peacefully. The hurled abuse and assaulted some of them .
What is more important than their being allegedly used by some quarters how could any one claiming to be student behave so rudely with their teachers? It is hard to believe that such shameful incident could take place in one of our highest institutions of learning!
Unfortunately, without trying to resolve the matter in a peaceful manner by assuring the teachers of looking into their allegations or talking with them directly, the IU administration allowed the problem to linger and thus come to a head.
The government from its highest level should look into the matter and take steps to bring an early end to the crisis.
At the same time, measures should be in place to mete out exemplary punishment for them.

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