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HC: Formulate rule for assessing physically-challenged candidates in public exams

  • Published at 07:11 pm September 9th, 2019
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Secretaries to the ministries of education and social welfare have been ordered to implement the directives

The High Court has directed the government to formulate a rule, within three months, for assessing answer scripts of physically-challenged candidates in public examinations. 

The direction comes in the full text of the verdict which has been released recently.

The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader delivered the verdict following a writ petition on August 22. 

Secretaries to the ministries of education and social welfare, chairman of all education boards, and their exam controllers have been ordered to implement the directives.

Advocate Zulhas Uddin Ahmmed, lawyer for the writ petitioner, received the certified copy of the full text of the verdict on Monday. 

In 2017, Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Mostafizur Rahman filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directives to the government to devise a rule for the assessment of answer scripts of students with physical challenges sitting for public examinations. 

In 2016, AFM Mostofa Masud, son of Mostafizur Rahman, participated in Junior School Certificate (JSC) examinations, and the result showed he failed in two subjects. 

Later, he applied to have his answer scripts re-examined, but the authorities did not reply. For this inaction, the lawyer went to the High Court, and the candidate passed after a rule was issued by the court in 2017. 

In 2019, again Masud failed in two subjects in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations. Then the lawyer filed a supplementary application with the High Court seeking re-examination of the answer sheets. 

In the full text verdict, the High Court ordered the authorities concerned of the Education Board of Dhaka to reassess the answer scripts of AFM Mostofa Masud in mathematics, and global studies examination of SSC within one month.