AL leader cancels exams to arrange doa & feast at school
A ruling party leader took over a campus shared by three local schools on Saturday by dint of presiding over one of the governing bodies and cancelled all academic activities including annual exams to arrange a huge feast and doa mahfil.
Haji Yasin Mia, Siddhirganj thana Awami League General Secretary and president of the governing body of Mijmiji Poshchimpara High School (henceforth Mijmiji PHS), arranged the day-long feast for 3,000 people, leading to resentment among guardians at the disruption to their wards' annual examination schedules.
One of the two other schools on the campus, the Poshchimpara Kindergarten school, went ahead with exams as scheduled.
However, the examinees informed that they could not sit for the exams satisfactorily due to the hue and cry created by the cooking party and local AL rank-and-file thronging the campus.
The third school on the campus, the Poshchimpara Govt. Primary School, held regular classes on Saturday.
The examinations scheduled for Saturday at Mijmiji PHS- that included English exams of Grades 6, 7 and 9 - will now be held on December 12, it was announced. Teachers taking regular classes received only verbal instructions from Yasin Mia's minions to wrap things up, which they did quickly and declared school holiday.
Some of the guardians of Mijmiji PHS expressed their disbelief at Yasin Miah disrupting exams in a school under his leadership in favour of an essentially personal programme.
Several leaders informed that Yasin Mia arranged the feast centering the upcoming council of Siddhirganj thana Awami League, where he hopes to retain the powerful general secretary post.
Yasin points to the invitation letter signed by him, where it states that the doa mahfil was arranged in memory of his late parents along with AL leaders who had passed away.
It is not necessary though for the two to be mutually exclusive. A feast honouring deceased former leaders of the party can certainly serve as a good stump in the build-up to a council.
But should it ever be allowed to disrupt a school's most important academic activity, in arranging examinations?