On February 7, the High Court declared the 2012 government policy on coaching centres as legal
Citing a government policy formulated in 2012 to stop coaching business, the High Court has commented that those who are appointed as teachers in educational institutions cannot teach outside their institution or in coaching centres.
However, those who are not appointed in any institution can teach as freelancers, the High Court Bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Razik Al Jalil said on Monday.
Md Khurshid Alam, a lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), was present in the courtroom at the time.
“I had appeared before the court in connection with a case. The High Court bench then summoned me and said they had seen my television talk-shows regarding the coaching business,” Khurshid said.
“They (the justices) told me that teachers of schools, colleges or universities cannot be involved in coaching business. According to the 2012 government policy, only freelancers who are not involved in any educational institutions can run or teach in coaching centres,” the lawyer said.
With this statement of the court, teachers are barred from coaching centres, he said.
Following an HC order, the Education Ministry in June 2012, had announced the policy "Shikkha Protishthaner Shikkhokder Coaching Banijjya Bondho Neetimala-2012" (Policy-2012 to stop teachers from doing coaching business in educational institutions), aimed at stopping the “coaching business” of teachers by preventing them from giving private tuition to students of their own institutions.
The policy defined “coaching” as teaching students before or after class inside or outside the institution. It also prohibits teachers of government and non-government schools, colleges and madrasas from giving private tuition during school hours.
On February 7, the High Court declared the 2012 government policy on coaching centres as legal.
The High Court bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Razik Al Jalil passed the order after concluding hearing on five separate petitions on the matter.