Authorities of Kalagasia Union High School in Narayanganj yesterday kept their students lined up on the campus stopping exams to welcome local lawmaker AKM Salim Osman.
Authorities of another institution, Morgan Girls School and College, kept their students waiting for about four hours after the exam for attending a programme of the lawmaker at the school, students and guardians said.
Two government orders issued in 2009 and 2014 asked all educational institutions across the country not to line up their students to welcome any public representatives or other dignitaries. The circulars also warned school headmasters and governing bodies of legal action for violation of the order.
Salim Osman, Jatiya Party lawmaker from Narayanganj-5, went to the Kalagasia Union High School to handover a donation cheque for the development of the school around 11:00am.
For the programme, the school authorities brought about 300 students from their exam halls and kept them lined up for about 45 minutes to welcome the lawmaker, said a guardian, requesting anonymity.
Headteacher Rafiqul Islam said the students were taking their first terminal exam, which is of little importance. He then hung up the phone.
At Morgan Girls School and College, students took a three-hour exam beginning at 10:00am. After the exam, some 2,000 students were made to wait for another four hours for the lawmaker’s programme.
The lawmaker reached the school around 3:50pm to handover annual prizes and to inaugurate a school building, and left the premises around 5:00pm.
A guardian alleged that the school authorities kept the main gate of the school locked so that no student can go home after the first terminal exam.
Principal Ashok Taru said they prepared lunch for the students for the prize giving ceremony, which was distributed among them. “Students needed to wait for some time for the programme.”
Contacted, Salim Osman said, “There were no important exams at Kalagasia school. And students of Morgan school waited for the programme willingly. No students were kept waiting for any programme.”