At least 2,000 high school students in Shariatpur could not take their exams on Saturday as they were forced to attend the qulkhani of a local Jubo League leader's mother held in the district's Goshairhat upazila.
Sources said the first-terminal exams in different schools across the district started on Thursday. But, the students of Idilpur Pilot High School were deprived of appearing the exams of Banla and English second paper, as scheduled earlier.
But they were compelled to join the qulkhani of Goshairhat Jubo League unit Juba League convener Kamal Uddin Sarder, which was held on the school ground.
The school authorities issued verbal directives to the headmaster, asking him to join the function along with the students and teachers, said the sources.
When asked Abdul Mannan, the headmaster, said they joined the event since they did not receive the question papers on time.
“The qulkhani was not a major issue in this regard”, he said.
The students and their guardians, however, expressed their resentment over the matter when this correspondent talked to them.
Guardians blamed the headmaster for the incident, saying the students were compelled to join the qulkhani upon his decision.
The headmaster does not have the right or authority to hamper the education of the students, they alleged.
Claiming that he was not aware of the matter, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Yahia Yah said: "The school students should not have been sent such an event."
Meanwhile, Kamal Uddin said he had applied to the headmaster, seeking his permission to held the function on the school ground as there was no alternative place.
Deputy Commissioner Mahmudul Hossain said he was informed the incident.
“I have ordered the upazila education office of the to take proper and immediate action over the matter,” he added.