Students urged to fight against commercialisation of education

DU Correspondent | Published: 01:14, May 19,2017

 
 

Law enforcers intercept a procession brought out by Samajtantrik Chhatra Front to lay siege to University Grants Commission building in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Politicians, academicians, journalists and right activists on Thursday urged students to fight against the commercialisation of education to protect country’s education sector from destruction.
At a convention organised by Samajtantrik Chhatra Front at Dhaka University, they also said that the authorities were trying to make the universities profit making institutions.
They said that the country could not achieve equality, social justice and humanitarian respect, assured during the Liberation War, even after 46 years of the independence.
The left student body organised the convention for scrapping the 20-year strategy paper of the University Grants Commission and the announcement of increasing tuition fees in higher education by five times.
The speakers alleged that different departments of the universities were interested to open evening courses as the teachers would draw ‘additional’ salaries and benefits from these commercial evening programmes.
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports Professor Anu Mohammad inaugurated the daylong function on Dhaka University campus. Leaders and activists of the student organisation brought out a colourful procession on the campus at noon.
The programme was addressed, among others by New Age editor Nurul Kabir, jurist Jyotirmoy Barua and weekly Saptahik editor Golam Mortuza.

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