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What will edu ministry do as High Court orders Ramadan school closure?

  • High Court's suspension came after writ petition was filed by a parent
  • Ministry earlier decided on keeping schools open
Update : 10 Mar 2024, 08:58 PM

The Ministry of Education's decision to keep primary and secondary schools open during Ramadan, which was suspended by the High Court, has prompted the ministry to announce its course of action.

Ministry sources indicated that actions will be taken in accordance with rules once the official order copy is received.

The state party's lawyers have expressed their intention to appeal the High Court's decision to the Appellate Division.

Director General of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education Professor Nehal Ahmed said: "I have not received a copy of the judgment or order. If a copy of the judgment or order is received, action will be taken as per rules."

Shah Rezwan Hayat, director general of the Directorate of Primary Education, added: "We will take necessary measures after receiving the order."

Deputy Attorney General Sheikh Md Saifuzzaman informed reporters: "The attorney general has given instructions to apply for the suspension of the High Court's order. We have already noted this. The application will be filed with the Appellate Division on Monday."

The High Court's suspension came after a writ petition was filed by a parent challenging the Ministry of Education's decision to keep schools open throughout Ramadan.

The High Court bench, comprising Justice KM Kamrul Quader and Justice Khizir Hayat, passed the order after the hearing.

Advocate Mahmuda Khanam represented the writ, while Deputy Attorney General Sheikh Md Saifuzzaman represented the state.

On February 8, the Ministry of Education had initially decided to keep secondary level schools open for 15 days during Ramadan, revising the holiday list and curriculum.

Another notification from the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education indicated that primary schools would have classes for 10 days during Ramadan. Subsequently, a student's parent filed a writ challenging this decision in the High Court.

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