Protest against tuition fees hike in Dhk, Ctg

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The guardians of private school and college students in Dhaka and Chittagong have been demonstrating against the hike in tuition fees.

 

The protest came in the wake of a raise in the salary of public servants as per the new pay scale.

Guardians allege the authorities of the institutions are charging more to increase salaries of teachers and officials. They organised human-chain protests in front of several schools and staged sit-ins over the past two weeks.

The guardians also submitted a memorandum to Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, but are unhappy with the government’s show of indifference.

Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) Director General Fahima Khatun said there is no scope of raising salaries and allowances without government instruction.

The directorate has sent a letter to the education ministry seeking instructions over the issue, media reports said.

The fees have been doubled in ‘almost all’ schools, according to Ziaul Kabir Dulu who heads the Guardians’ Unity Forum, a Dhaka-based organisation. “Schools are using the pay scale as an excuse to resort to looting,” he said.

Several educational institutions in Dhaka have increased fees by 70 to 100 per cent, according to a news agency.

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