A writ petition has been filed at the High Court seeking a directive to suspend the collection of tuition fees from students in MPO-registered schools and colleges across the country amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
Advocate Saifur Rahman on Monday filed the petition on behalf of the guardians of two students of Ideal School and College.
The secretary of education, director general of the education directorate, chairmen of all education boards in the country and the principal of Ideal School and College were made respondents to the writ.
Advocate Saifur Rahman said, earlier on May 19, a legal notice was sent to the respondents asking for necessary steps to halt tuition fees collection. But they did not take any steps to do so.
The appeal read that a stalemate condition has been brought on in the trade and commerce sector in the country and that many businesses are floundering and many employees have become jobless.
The government has waived delay fines for electricity and other bills, and interest on bank loans for a fixed time as well. The government is also giving stimulus in various sectors.
Under the circumstances, it has become very difficult for lower class, lower-middle class and middle class people to make a living. The guardians are being served notices asking for payment of tuition fees in this inconvenient situation.
For all these reasons, a writ petition has been filed seeking a directive to suspend the payment of monthly tuition fees by students of MPO registered schools and colleges.