Four boys have been expelled from a government school in Rajshahi, allegedly for their hairstyle.
All of them are ninth graders at Rajshahi Government Model School and College.
Students alleged that they were verbally abused and beaten by the institute’s principal before being handed transfer certificates (TC) and driven out from the school on Tuesday.
“It is not true that we gave them TC for only their hairstyle. There are other reasons,” Akbar Hossain, the institute’s principal said when contacted yesterday.
Asked about other reasons, he said he cannot explain over phone and said he wants to clarify the matter in person on the next working day.
Meanwhile, the expelled students said, “Minutes after our classes started on Tuesday, we were called to the principal’s office.”
They waited an hour after arriving at the office, he said, adding that the principal hurled abuses at them as soon as they entered the room.
He repeatedly asked why their hair was “not like normal students” and why they have long hair, claimed a student. “He slapped me once and hit others,” he said.
He said he was earlire warned about the hairstyle by the principal, and had recently got a haircut following his instruction, yet he was given TC.
Talking to The Daily Star, the principal denied the allegations of hurling abuses and beating students.