Most madrasas in Rangabali upazila in the district are collecting additional fees for two practical examinations in Dakhil examinations, alleged examinees.
The madrasas have been making each examinee pay Tk 400 to Tk 600, they said, adding that otherwise, their marks in the exams would be curtailed.
The two subjects for which Dakhil examinees are required to take 20-mark practical exams are agriculture studies and information, communication and technology (ICT).
On condition of anonymity, many examinees from Gabbunia Dakhil Madrasa said at the instruction of Maulana Elias, the madrasa superintendent, one of their teachers collected Tk 500 from each of them.
They also said the madrasa authorities asked them to pay the additional fees to ensure their marks in those two practical exams are not slashed.
A guardian of an examinee confirmed to have paid the additional fee to the madrasa during filling out form for Dakhil examinations.
Contacted, Maulana Elias, however, said he did not instruct anyone at the madrasa to collect additional fees from Dakhil examinees for the two subjects.
Rather, they “collected past due [payments] from them [the examinees], he claimed.
Chhotobaishdia Dakhil Madrasa Superintendent Maulana Alomgir Hossain admitted to have collected additional fees. But he claimed that the fees they collected were for “various expenses”.
He however refused to elaborate on what the “various expenses” were.
Commenting on the allegations, Rangabali Upazila Secondary Education Officer said it is unlawful to collect any additional fee for any practical exam.
“We are looking into the matter and if accusations against any superintendent or teacher is proven to be true, we'll take legal action against the individual concerned,” he added.