On May 5, Private University Students’ platform demanded that tuition fees, online classes and examinations not to be taken until the basic issues of weak network and expensive data packs, lack of adequate devices, and lack of teachers’ skills to take online classes, are resolved.
Yasin Arafat, spokesperson of Private University Students, declared the demands through an online statement.
The statement said that majority of the private university students are not able to join online classes and exams. Many students do not have suitable devices and many cannot bear the internet expenses. Moreover, the quality of lab classes and acceptability of exams through online are questionable.
The statement also said that almost everyone has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and most of the students cannot afford to pay their tuition fees.
The statement also pointed out that University Grants Commission of Bangladesh and the private university authorities had been imposing the decisions without discussing the matter with students and ignoring the overall situation of the students.
From the Private University Students’ platform, it is said that private universities are acting like business organisations instead of educational institutions and warned that strict action would be taken on behalf of the students if inhumane and business-centric decisions are imposed on them.
Bangladesh Students’ Federation, in a separate statement on May 5, said that the infrastructure is not well equipped to conduct online classes at this moment and teachers are also not well trained to deliver lecture in such medium.
Bangladesh Students Union, on May 4, held a human chain at Shahbagh, Dhaka with similar demands.
New Age Youth desk.
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