Coaching creates ‘hostile situation in education system’, Fida M Kamal at hearing

Decision on writs put off until Feb 7

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:11, Jan 28,2019 | Updated: 00:12, Jan 28,2019

 
 

Former attorney general Fida M Kamal on Sunday gave the opinion at a High Court Division hearing that coaching was ‘creating a hostile situation in education system.’
He gave the opinion as amicus curiae.
A bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Rajik-Al Jalil was hearing two writ petitions, one challenging the legality of government Policy2012 for stopping coaching by teachers of schools and colleges and the other one challenging the legality of the government issuing notices to several teachers of Government Motijheel Boys’ High School asking to explain why punitive action would not be taken against them for coaching students.
The government, on the basis of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s report issued the notices in early 2018.
In February 2018, responding to aggrieved teachers’ writ petition the High Court Division stayed the applicability of the notices for four months.
As the government and the ACC sought permission to appeal against the stay, the Appellate Division directed the HC bench led by Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif to dispose of the writ petitions.
The HC bench then appointed two former attorneys general, AF Hassan Ariff and Fida M Kamal amicus curiae to provide their opinions on the matter.
AF Hassan Ariff had earlier given his opinion.
0n Sunday, when the bench was scheduled to give its decision allowed amicus curiae Fida M Kamal to provide his opinion.
He gave the opinion that Policy2012 does not empower the government to take action against government employees as the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985 does.
In his opinion, the teachers coach students outside classrooms ignoring classroom teaching.
‘Coaching is not providing education, it only shows how to pass examinations. The teachers of government schools as well as those getting their salaries under the monthly payment order and even non-MPO teachers should not coach students,’ said Fida M Kamal.
The bench set February 7 for giving its decision.

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