The changes made to the textbooks by removing well-known writers was allegedly made to satisfy the demands of radical group Hefazat-e-Islam.
The High Court issued a rule yesterday, asking the government to explain why the changes made to the curriculum by excluding write-ups of well-known authors should not be declared illegal.
Justices Naima Haider and Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman issued the rule after holding a primary hearing on a writ petition filed by educationist Prof Dr Anwar Hossain and curriculum expert Momtaz Jahan, stating the changes to the curriculum were illegal and unlawful.
The court asked the education secretary and the chairman of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board to respond within four weeks.
Syed Mamun Mahbub, one of the counsels to the petitioners, said: “The exclusion of the writings of well-known and pro-Liberation War writers like Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Golam Mustafa, Humayun Azad, Sanaul Haque and others from the textbooks shows a clear tendency toward communalism. This is clearly a conspiracy.”
“In 2013, the textbook had contained write-ups from well-known writers. The texts had expressed non-communal, social and ethical mores and values,” he added.
“Recently, when radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam demanded the exclusion of some writers from the textbooks of Class I till Class IX, the authorities concerned removed some writers’ pieces from the textbooks and replaced them with religion themed texts.”