Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday criticized the judiciary for “wasting its time with silly issues” keeping aside various major cases.
"There are tens of thousands of cases pending with courts in the country. Even a writ is filed with the court regarding the examination [PSC] of children … though there are many emergency cases like the arrest of militants and JMB men … There is also hearing of a capital punishment pending … There is no time for those. Why is the court passing time with these silly matters?" she said.
The prime minister, also the leader of the House, came up with the remarks following a question of legitimacy for holding examinations like PSC and JSC raised by Jatiya Party lawmaker Kazi Firoz Rashid on point of order.
He said such examinations go against the constitution of the country and these are illegal.
The prime minister said there are some people in the country whose only job is to file writ petitions with the court and discuss on the matter.
"Have students not become attentive to their study due to these examinations [PSC and JSC]? Hasn't the pass rate increased in the HSC?" she questioned.
She mentioned it would be a matter of great regret if the court passes the judgement to stop these examinations.
"I do not know what judgement the court will deliver. If the court gives verdict to stop the study of students, it will be a matter of great regret."
Sheikh Hasina said before introducing these examinations the school authorities used to sort out some students from a class to appear for scholarship examinations and arranged coaching for those selected students only.
"With the introduction of the PSC and JSC examinations, school authorities are now paying attention to all students."
Briefly describing various steps of the government for the upgradation of the country's education system, she said the government has already introduced PM's Education Assistance Trust Fund for higher education.
"With this fund, the government provides stipend to even PhD students."
In a sarcastic tone, she said one day someone will lodge a writ petition with the court against these stipends. "You cannot predict anything."
Earlier, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the PSC and JSC examinations are not illegal at all. These are held in line with the National Education Policy 2010 which was approved by Parliament.