Children won’t be expelled for cheating in exam: DPE

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:19, Jan 15,2020 | Updated: 00:15, Jan 16,2020


The director general of Directorate of Primary Education on Wednesday informed the High Court that it had withdrawn the provision of expulsion of examinees for breaching discipline and cheating in Primary Education Completion and its equivalent ibtedayee terminal examinations.

He also informed the court that it took fresh examinations of 15 examinees expelled from the examinations for breaching discipline or cheating in the exam.

After hearing, the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman disposed of a ruling it issued suo moto on November 21 asking the government to explain the legality of the provisions of expulsion.

The Directorate of Primary Education in its 11th directive said that invigilators could cancel the exam or expel examinees from the examinations for talking during examinations, carrying unauthorised papers or substances in the exam halls and cheating.         

The directorate issued the directives in December 2018.

The bench issued the ruling suo moto after reading a report published in a Bangla daily on November 19 on expulsion of children from examination.

Lawyer AM Jamiul Hoque Faisal submitted the clipping of the report to the court.

The report said that 15 students were expelled for breaching discipline during English and Bangla examinations.

The report citing opinions from academics, guardians and psychiatrists, said that the children were subjected to torture mentally by the expulsion from examination.    

Academic Syed Manzoorul Islam was quoted in the report as saying that the National Education Policy 2010 recommended no examination for the children but the government continued taking their examinations.

He also said that the issue of cheating or examinations could not understandable to the children of tender age.

The report quoted a doctor to have said that children could commit no crimes, but mistakes.

Therefore, no children should be punished, he said.

Assistant attorney general MMG Sarwar Payel appeared for the government.

Want stories like this in your inbox?

Sign up to exclusive daily email