School authorities will face music for charging ‘excess fees’ upon admission: Dipu Moni

Minister of Education Dipu Moni. Photo file


Dipu Moni

Minister of Education Dipu Moni. Photo file

Education Minister Dipu Moni has warned that school authorities face penalties if they charge excessive fees for a student’s admission.

The minister made the statement as he attended a central lottery to finalize applicants for admission to public schools at the International Mother Language Institute in the capital today.

Dipu Moni said the necessary steps to organize such a lottery have been taken to end “unwanted lobbying in the admissions process and the admissions coaching business”.

Admissions to all government and non-government high schools for the next academic term should be done through a central lottery system.

The lottery for non-government schools is scheduled to take place on December 19.

Dipu Moni said there are allegations that many authorities try to make “excessive fees” upon admission. “If we get the allegations and it is proven, we would take action against the authorities,” she said.

She added that many “results-oriented” parents opt for poor forms of competition to enroll their children in reputable schools. “As a result, the students are under mental pressure.”

Many do not even hesitate to choose the immoral path (paying extra) to get their children admitted to such schools, she said.

These bad practices can be stopped by the admission lottery system, added the minister.

A total of 5,365,153 aspirants collected admission forms against 60,016 vacant places for grades 1 to 9 at 405 public schools across the country.

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