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HC issues rule on expulsion of students from PEC exams

  • Published at 06:02 pm November 21st, 2019
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File photo of students sitting for a PEC exam at a school in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Fifteen children were expelled from PEC exams across country since Sunday

The High Court has issued a rule asking the government why the expulsion of 15 students from the Primary Education Certificate (PEC) examinations should not be declared illegal. 

The authorities have also been asked to explain why the fifth graders who were barred from taking the test should not be allowed to retake the exams.

Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the suo moto rule on Thursday based on a newspaper report presented by Supreme Court lawyer Advocate AM Jamiul Haque. 

The bench also asked why instruction No. 11 of the guideline issued by the Directorate of Primary Education should not be declared illegal.

Secretary of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, director general of the Directorate of Primary Education, and chairman of the Madrasha Education Board were made respondent for this rule. 

The apex court fixed December 10 for the next hearing over the rule. 

On November 19, the Bangle national daily Desh Rupantor published an article titled 'why expelled in PEC exam' and subtitled 'guardian and education specialist want PEC exam'. 

The report says that since last Sunday, 15 children were expelled from PEC examinations across the country for cheating in their exams. 

Although the Directorate of Primary Education has directions regarding the matter, education specialist, psychologist, and guardians were very worried as they considered the examinations as psychological torture.