The High Court has told the government to explain why the expulsion of 15 students from the Primary Education Completion (PEC) exams will not be declared illegal.
On Thursday (Nov 21), the bench of justices M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the rule on its own based on a report ran by a national daily.
The court has also asked why the expelled fifth-graders will not be allowed to retake the exams.
It also asked why Section 11 of the guidelines on Primary Education Completion and Ebtedayee exams 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, director general of the National Academy for Primary Education and the chairman of the madrasa education board have been ordered to respond by Dec 10, when the next hearing will take place.
On Nov 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.