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Bangladeshi parents demand fee waiver

Parents of students at English-medium schools, organised as the Bangladesh English Medium Schools Forum, held a press conference in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, in September, to demand that between 30 and 60 per cent of tuition fees be waived for classes that are currently only being held online.

The Daily Star newspaper reported speakers from the Forum as alleging that many schools banned students from online classes if their parents had not paid “full tuition”, despite many parents suffering severe financial hardship during the coronavirus lockdown.

Forum president AKM Ashraful Haque called for rebates on fees, with a percentage based on whether schools owned their own premises or had to rent their campuses. There were also calls for “school management committees” to be set up, through which parents could input into quality assurance.

Matt Salusbury
Matt Salusbury
MATT SALUSBURY, news editor and journalist, has worked for EL Gazette since 2007. He is also joint Chair of the London Freelance Branch of the National Union of Journalists and co-edits its newsletter, the Freelance. He taught English language for 15 years in the Netherlands, in Turkey, in a North London further education college and now as an English for Academic Purposes tutor, most recently at the London School of Economics. He is a native English speaker and is also fluent in Dutch.
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