Fresher students of a Rangpur school burst into joy new books
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A number of guardians have alleged that Ghorashal Hamidia Dakhil Madrasah in Jhenaidah sadar upazila has asked them to pay between Tk 350 and Tk 750 for government-approved textbooks meant for free distribution, reports news agency UNB.

They also accuse Madrasah superintendent Wazed Ali of collecting Tk 50 from students who have failed to return their old textbooks. “On 3 January, when we had gone to collect textbooks, the madrasah demanded money,” said a parent, on condition of anonymity.

Superintendent Wazed Ali has, however, denied the allegation. “Students have been asked to pay admission and tuition fees only. There must be some misunderstanding.”

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When contacted, Mozaffar Hossain Palash, upazila secondary education officer, told the news agency that legal action would be taken against the madrasah superintendent and others if found involved in demanding money for textbooks. “A probe is already on.”

Deputy commissioner Saroj Kumar Nath said, “I have ordered the authorities concerned to form a probe body and take legal action if the allegation turns out to be true.”