A gruesome allegation of forcing young students to ingest each other's spit has surfaced against a teacher of a primary school in Rangpur's Kaunia upazila.
The allegation came to light yesterday when angry parents and guardians of students gathered in numbers at Haragachh Chotura Government Primary School, demanding punishment for the vile act of the school's teacher, Jamal Uddin.
Students and parents alleged that on Tuesday, a girl student of fifth grade went home after school and told her parents that her teacher Jamal Uddin, in his 30s, had forced her to swallow spit of another girl in her class as punishment for failing to produce homework.
Many fifth graders of the school told journalists that the same teacher had physically tortured them and made them swallow spits of other students whenever they also could not deliver their homework.
A mortified student of fifth grade said what her teacher did was outrageous. “It's so embarrassing that you can't talk about it.”
Students of the school are now reluctant to go to the school, said Abdul Jalil, a parent, adding that the parents will declare a tougher movement unless due action is taken against the teacher.
Speaking with parents gathered at the school, Khaleda Akter, the headteacher, assured of necessary action against the teacher following proper inquiry.
An emergency meeting of the school's managing committee has been called on Saturday and the committee will take necessary action regarding the accusation made against Jamal Uddin, she also said.
Swapan Kumar Adhikari, upazila education officer in Kaunia, also assured of due action against the teacher.
Jamal Uddin told reporters that he had been mistaken and was offering apologies to all.