HC dismisses rule regarding time scale of primary teachers

BSS, Dhaka

The High Court has dismissed a rule issued upon a writ petition challenging a decision of the Ministry of Finance to take back timescale facilities given to 48,720 government primary school teachers.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Khairul Alam passed the order Sunday.

Deputy Attorney General Tushar Kanti Roy appeared for the state at the hearing, while Barrister Mokshedul Islam appeared for the petitioners.

Barrister Islam told BSS that the High Court dismissed the rule issued against the Finance Ministry’s circular to return the time scale of 48,720 teachers of nationalized primary schools across the country.

At the same time, the court asked the petitioners to appeal against the circular to the administrative tribunal. Barrister Islam also said that the Appellate Division on January 13, directed to dispose of the rule regarding the time scale of teachers within three weeks. After the hearing on February 25, today was set for giving the verdict.

According to the case statement, on August 12, 2020, the Ministry of Finance issued a circular to take back the ‘time scale’ benefits availed by 48,720 teachers of primary schools which were nationalized.

The aggrieved teachers filed the writ petition at the High Court on August 31, 2020, challenging the validity of the circular. The High Court after hearing the writ petition, suspended the circular for six months and also issued a rule over the matter. The state later appealed against the High Court to the Appellate Division.

On September 13, the Appellate Division Chamber Court passed a stay order in this regard, Barrister Islam added.

Later, the teachers pleaded to the Appellate Division seeking revocation of the stay order. The Appellate Division on January 13 asked the High Court Division to dispose of the writ case within three weeks.