Azim Khan, the teacher, allegedly beat several other students for the "crime" of being unable to answer what was on the class schedule for that day
An eighth-grade student from Gobindpur High School in Feni Sadar area fainted in class after undergoing severe corporal punishment at the hands of a teacher on Tuesday afternoon.
Azim Khan, the teacher, allegedly beat several other students for the "crime" of being unable to answer what was on the class schedule for that day. Later, the students were taken to the principal's office for treatment.
The father of the eighth-grader, who lives abroad, took to social media to claim that his family was being pressured by the teacher to keep the incident hushed.
He posted photos and details of the incident and pleaded to the prime minister for taking actions against the matter, on social media.
Seeking anonymity, several other students said that Azim Khan is a part-time teacher in the A section of Gobindpur High School. Students from A section and B section often have class together. However, B section students were unable to answer the class schedule followed by the A section, and enraged at it, Azim started to beat the B section students mercilessly.
According to the students' claims, even after becoming physically exhausted, Azim Khan did not refrain from punishing the students. Finally, one student lost consciousness due to extreme physical distress.
Her father confirmed the claims in a phone call to this correspondent. "He kept beating my daughter even after she started losing blood," he said.
President of school management committee Shahid Khandaker said: "The school was temporarily shut down after the incident as it sparked controversy among students and guardians alike."
He further said: "It was inhuman for the teacher to beat a student like that. The matter will be settled locally among the school administration and students and guardians."
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Feni Sadar, Md Mamun, said: "I do not know anything about the incident. But I will talk about it with the school administration and take actions accordingly."
This correspondent was unable to reach the teacher Azim Khan after repeated phone calls.
Corporal punishment was banned across all educational institutions in Bangladesh by a High Court directive on August 9, 2010.