Some private medical colleges of the country are allegedly charging students, who have failed in final term examination, extra tuition fees for retaking their examination, violating the rules.
Sources said such illegal and immoral practice continues at some medical colleges inside and outside the capital though rules have barred the authorities concerned from taking second time tuition fees from students.
The authorities of some colleges have asked their students, who have already paid all tuition fees, to pay tuition fee for the last six months again to retake their final exams. Otherwise, the students are not allowed to resit their examinations, they said.
Shahabuddin Medical College has asked its student Motahar Hossain, who failed in the final term examination, to repay the tuition fees for the last six months to retake the examination though he paid all the fees before sitting for regular final examination.
Talking to the daily sun, Motahar said the college has charged him extra money in the name of allowing him to retake examination. This is very unethical and immoral, he added.
Like Motahar Hossain, many medical students of the country are prey to the greed of the authorities of private medical colleges.
Shahabuddin Medical College, Ashiyan Medical College, Gazi Medical College and some other medical colleges are allegedly taking extra tuition fees from their students.
There are now 69 private medical colleges in the country.
Former president of Bangladesh Medical Association Dr Rashid-E-Mahbub told the daily sun that this practice is not only illegal but also unethical. This is a common scenario that private medical colleges are operating their academic activities by taking extra tuition fees from students.
Rules are violated grossly in private medical colleges and students bear the brunt of it in the long run, he added.
Dr Rashid called upon the government to take punitive action against the private medical colleges, which are illegally taking tuition fees from their students.
Dr Lelin Chowdhury, a noted public health expert, told the daily sun that private medical colleges are full of irregularities.
“This is not the first time that private medical colleges are collecting illegal money in the name of tuition fees. It should be stopped immediately,” he added.
Talking about the issue, Additional Director General of Directorate of Health Services Dr Ehtheshamul Haque Chowdhury said the health ministry has formed a committee to monitor the illegal activities of private medical colleges.
“If some private medical colleges take extra tuition fees from their students, then we will take departmental action against them. We ask the authorities concerned to return money to their students if they take extra money,” he said.
If necessary, the private medical college concerned will be closed down for such illegal practice, he added.