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HSC examinees hit hard by 'hidden costs' of education
Our Correspondent

          BARISAL, Feb 10: The local college authorities are allegedly realising excessive fees from the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinees under Barisal Education Board.
As a result, the poor guardians are facing hardships in ensuring their wards' examinations. The examinees alleged that the college authorities demanded charges and fees beyond the board's prescribed rate.
The board authorities have fixed Tk 40 for per subject for the Science Group.
At the same time, the board authorities have also fixed Tk 35 as marksheets fee, Tk 25 as each practical examination fee, Tk 120 as examination centre fee, Tk 200 as retention fee, Tk 100 as permission fee and Tk 10 as boys' scout or girls' guide fees.
As per the board's prescription, the total amount stands at Tk 860 for Science Group examinees and Tk 960 for Humanities and Commerce groups respectively.
According to sources, the authorities of Government Hatamali College are demanding Tk 2,250 from each student as examination fees including other charges for Science Group and Tk 1,880 from each for Humanities and Commerce groups.
The college authorities in the rural areas are also allegedly demanding extra money in the name of other charges including college fee, coaching fee, Milad fee, session charge and college development charge violating the board's instruction.
It is further alleged that, in some cases, the college authorities do not feel any necessity to issue receipt against the money collected from the students.
When contacted, a number of college principals of the area admitted the allegation about realising extra charges in the name of coaching classes.
Some college authorities are also demanding extra money from the students who have failed in the test examinations.
When asked about the allegation, the principals, however, denied the allegation.
Due to financial crisis at least 18 per cent students of the division would not be able to pay the fees and sit for the examinations, sources observed.


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