Students of Bikrampur Adarsha University College paid Tk6,150, which included coaching fees, while those of Malkhanagar College paid Tk4,700
Parents of HSC candidates of several colleges in Sirajdikhan upazila have accused the college authorities of collecting extra money in exam fees.
They said their children, who will take the test next year, had been forced to pay fees which was several times higher than what had been set by the education board.
Students of Bikrampur Adarsha University College paid Tk6,150, which included coaching fees, while those of Malkhanagar College paid Tk4,700.
The parents claimed that Tk1,610 is the official figure but they chose not to argue with college authorities fearing that teachers might get angry with the students.
The father of a girl studying at Bikrampur Adarsha University College said: “I work as a day labourer and am the sole breadwinner in the family. I toiled to bear the educational expenses of my daughter but now I cannot collect the fees charged by the college. I fear that my daughter will be unable to register for the test.”
Vice-principal of Bikrampur Adarsha University College conceded that Tk6,150, including Tk1,650 in coaching fees, was collected from the HSC candidates. But officials of Ichhapura KB Degree College and Alhaj Ali Ajgar and Abdullah College claimed that they did not overcharge the candidates, and collected the amount set by the education authorities.
President (college section) of Munshiganj district unit of Bangladesh Shikkhok Samity Md Shamsul Haque Howladar said he had heard about the allegation, adding that this was not a right step to take.
Sirajdikhan Upazila Education Officer Khaleda Parvin said actions would be taken if any complaint was lodged.