Authorities up tuition fees as HC restricts readmission fees

May 31, 2014

English-Medium Schools
Authorities up tuition fees as HC restricts readmission fees
Some English-medium schools have increased monthly tuition fees ‘abnormally’ after the High Court in April asked them not to take readmission fees from students.
Guardians alleged that school authorities had increased the fees by about 50 to 60 per cent to make up for the amount they could get from readmission fees.The guardians have already started holding protests, seeking a government intervention in stopping the move of school authorities that guardians saw as a device to make the money bypassing the court order.
Guardians of European Standard School students said that authorities had increased tuition fee to Tk 6,400 from Tk 4,400 for Class I, to Tk 7,200 from Tk 5,000 for Class VII and to Tk 7,700 from Tk 5,200 for Class X.
‘School authorities increased monthly tuition fees by about Tk 500 every year in the past two years. They have increased the fees again by Tk 2,200–Tk 3,000. They even asked us to pay fees for three months at a time in place of monthly payment,’ a guardian said.
‘School authorities have increased the fees by about 50 to 80 per cent to make up for the amount they could get from readmission fees,’ another guardian said.
The school’s chief accounts officer Sukumar Chowdhury, who is also the chief executive officer, said that the principal AFM Nurul Islam and others would not talk the media about the tuition fee increase. He, however, declined comments.
Guardians said Sunnydale School had increased the tuition fee to Tk 12,500 from Tk 6,790 for for Class IX, to Tk 9,900 from Tk 5,700 for Class IV and to Tk 9,700 from Tk 5,700 for the KG 1 class.
Sunnydale’s vice-principal Yasmeen Habib said that they had ‘nominally’ increased the tuition fee. ‘We included other charges such as paper cost, computer and science lab cost in the monthly tuition fees.’
South Breeze School authorities increased the tuition fee to Tk 8,500 from Tk 6,500 for Class IV.
The school’s administrator-cum-coordinator Selima Hossain said that they are not taking readmission fees. ‘I do not know anything about the increase in tuition fees.’
A number of guardians teamed up as ‘Guardians of English-Medium Schools’ held protests at Rabindra Sarobar at Dhanmondi on Thursday against the increase in tuition fees.
Manjur Rashid, a guardian, said that they would hold a signature campaign at Rabindra Sarobar on Sunday and Monday and a token hunger strike on Tuesday.
Guardians alleged that some English-medium school authorities had also taken undertaking from them that they would not protest at the fee increase.
The schools that charges high tuition, admission and others fees are putting guardians under pressure by increasing tuition fees, he said.
The High Court on April 24 issued a fresh directive for the government to stop English-medium schools charging fees for re-admission from students for three months from Play Group to A Level.
The bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar issued the order on a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Jabed Farruque.
The petitioner’s counsel M Badruddoza Badal submitted that the High Court should issue an order stopping English-medium school authorities charging exorbitant fees that some guardians could not pay.

-Input from New Age

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