Court ordered schools to refund extra money charged from SSC candidates
Nirapad News : The High Court today ordered the government to make the schools concerned refund extra money charged from Secondary School Certificate (SSC) candidates by January 20.
Otherwise, a HC bench said, the existing management committees of those schools would be cancelled and its members barred from holding any position in the school governing committees for the next three years.
The suo moto order, came from the bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman this morning on based on reports run that some schools charged eight times more for registering a SSC candidate.
On November 10 last year, the bench issued the rule asking the government to explain as to why charging extra examination fees from students should not be declared illegal.
The court also ordered the government to stop charging of extra examination fees at schools across the country immediately.
According to government regulations, the enrolment fee for an SSC candidate was fixed at Tk 1,400. But a recent report of Bangla daily Jugantor said that some students were compelled to pay upto eight times more for appearing in SSC exams.
Today, principals, headmasters and heads of the managing committees of 20 Dhaka schools concerned appeared before the HC bench as per an earlier order.