Asif Mahtab, a part-time teacher of BRAC University, who came into discussion after tearing the pages of the textbook, has been given the reason for not being employed by the authorities. In a statement from BRAC University on Monday, details have been given in this regard.
The statement said, ‘The recent incident of Mr. Asif Mahtab Uthsa tearing the pages of the seventh standard national textbook published by the Government of Bangladesh and asking others to do the same in a public forum is considered a destructive act by BRAC University and does not condone such uneducative behavior in any way. Because of this, the university has decided not to renew the contract with Asif Mahtab.
On January 19, Asif Mahtab protested by tearing up an awareness lesson named ‘Sharif’s story’ from the seventh grade history and social science book while speaking at a seminar titled ‘New textbooks in the current curriculum: reality and future’ at the Kakrail Institute of Diploma Engineers in the capital.
‘Sharifa’s story’ talks about the lives of ‘transgender and third gender’ people. But Asif Mahtab claims that ‘homosexuality’ is being instigated by including ‘transgender stories’ in textbooks.
After the incident, BRAC University said in a statement that Asif Mahtab worked as a part-time teacher at the university. Currently there is no contract with BRAC University. BRAC University authorities have made a new statement today in the midst of the discussion.
Like all higher education institutions, BRAC University believes in constructive discussion, debate and mutual exchange based on tolerance and respect for all opinions and ideologies, the new statement said. But the destruction of national resources through destructive activities is totally unacceptable behavior, which BRAC University does not support. BRAC University considers the recent incident of Asif Mahtab tearing the pages of the 7th standard textbook published by the Government of Bangladesh and asking others to do the same in a public forum to be a subversive act. They do not condone such uneducated behavior in any way.
Because of this, Back University has decided not to offer a new contract to Asif Mahtab as a part-time teacher for the spring semester of 2024. However, the University will remunerate Asif Mahtab for his time and effort in preparation for this semester.