Parents of Willes Little Flower School and College students occupied Kakrail road in front of the school to protest a raise in the monthly fees of students of the school section.
“The parents blocked the street for around 30 minutes in the morning. Later, police brought the situation under control,” said Mojibur Rahman, ASI of Ramna Police Station. The blockade from 10:30am to 11am on Sunday halted traffic through Kakrail Road, Minto Road and Paltan, according to locals.
Parents accused the school authorities of raising school fees without prior notice. They learned about the newly set fees while going through the formalities of seeing their children go into their new classes.
Shafikul Islam, parent of a Bangla medium grade 3 student of the school, said that the authorities had raised the fees from Tk 1,300 to Tk 2,200 per month.
ASM Masud, acting principal of the English medium section of the school, claimed that a notice relating to a raise in fees had been sent to parents and guardians. The guardians were notified after the Governing Body of the school had taken the decision, Masud said.
Masud pointed out that Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon is the chairman of the governing bodies of a few schools in the neighbourhood, including Willes Little Flower.
ASI Rahman said police moved the parents into the school compound after calming them down. A dialogue between parents’ representatives and the school authorities had also been initiated, he pointed out, according to bdnews24.com. -Mithun