Botrish Hazari school body 'cancelled'
Local people yesterday confined the headmaster of Botrish Hazari High School at Botrish Hazari village in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila to his office room for an hour from 9:30 am.
The headmaster, Toyebur Rahman Toyeb, remained absent since June 25 following disputes over formation of a controversial managing committee by him.
He recently formed a managing committee with his chosen people from outside the locality to do a 'good business' concerning recruitment of six teachers in the school.
As local guardians strongly protested the formation of the committee, the headmaster left the school on June 25, keeping all classrooms under lock and key. Other staff, including nine teachers, a clerk, a peon and a night guard, also remained absent during the period.
Local people released headmaster Toyebur Rahman from confinement following a request by the local AL leaders and upazila education officer at around 10:30am. Later, local elite, AL leaders, guardians and the education officer held a meeting in the office room and cancelled the headmaster's 'personal' committee.
At the meeting, they formed an eight-member convening committee with district AL General Secretary adv Motiur Rahman as its convenor. Contacted, headmaster
Toyebur Rahman said the convening committee will run the school until a full-fledged managing committee is formed through election.
Sadar upazila assistant education officer Jahangir Alam told this correspondent that all the 12 staff including nine teachers, were present at the school yesterday.
He visited the school on Thursday noon following a demonstration by the students of Botrish Hazari High School in front the deputy commissioner's office in the morning demanding removal of Headmaster Toyebur Rahman Toyeb.
During the visit, the education officer saw the school closed. He asked the headmaster and other teachers over cellphone to come to the school but they ignored the message.
As many as 275 students, including 155 girls and 125 boys, read in classes six to ten in this school. Several students said they came to the school everyday but had to go back without any classes as all the classrooms and teachers' room remained locked from June 25 to 30.