A Supreme Court lawyer on Sunday filed a writ petition with the High Court, seeking its directive on the government to appoint counselors and clinical psychologists in all educational institutions of the country.
Supreme Court lawyer Farhad Uddin Ahmed Bhuiyan today filed the writ petition with the relevant branch of the High Court.
The writ petition states that the government's inaction in appointing the counselors and clinical psychologists in all educational institutes was in clash with the Articles 17 (A and B), 18 (1 and 2) and 32 of the Constitution of Bangladesh as every citizen has the right to proper education and health services.
Farhad Uddin Ahmed said a bench of Justice A Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman might hear the writ next week.
The defendants in the writ petition are – the chairman of the University Grants Commission, secretary of the Ministry of education, secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Planning, secretary of the Ministry of Elementary and Mass Education and director general of the Directorate of Education.
The petitioner said, as a result of the spread of technology, the rate of addiction, sexual abuse, suicide attempts and murder in the educational institutions are increasing. Along with these, the moral depravity, reckless attitude, inattentiveness, personality crisis, restlessness and unruly behavior among the students are increasing, some of which have made headlines. All these are taking the young generation towards an uncertain future.
The petitioner also said, according the constitution, it is the fundamental responsibility of the State to attain, through planned economic growth, a constant increase of productive forces and a steady improvement in the material and cultural standard of living of the people. But, the students in the country were deprived of their rights. As a result of that, number of untoward incidents in the educational institutions was increasing rapidly.
To prevent that, the government should appoint counselors and clinical psychologists in every educational institution of the country, added the petitioner.