Writ petition filed seeking stay of O, A-level exams

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:31, Sep 27,2020 | Updated: 21:34, Sep 27,2020


A writ petition was filed on Sunday seeking a High Court order for staying the upcoming A-level exams in October and O-level exams in November.

The petitioner, Tamanna Tabassum Kabir, an A-level student, also prayed for a ruling on the government to explain why it would not be asked to frame guidelines to regulate the English medium schools.

Education ministry secretary and the director of the British Council’s exam operation were made respondents in the writ petition.

Petitioner’s lawyer Moniruzzaman Lincon told New Age that he would move to the High Court bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam this week for hearing on the petition. 

He said that the students prayed for the stay of the examinations on the ground that online classes were not sufficient to hold the final examinations.

The lawyer also said that many students were yet to get admit cards though the A-level exam is scheduled to start on October 1.

He said that the British Council was going to hold A-level and O-level examinations for the English medium students although the educational institutions in Bangladesh would remain closed until October 3 for the COVID-19 crisis.

On September 22, the education ministry accepted the British Council’s application for holding the O and A level examinations with some conditions although English medium students’ continued to demand the cancellation of the exams due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Up to 1,800 students should be allowed to sit for any examination at the 35 centres across the country in a day, according to the conditions.

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