Private educational institutions in Bangladesh cannot increase their tuition fees by more than 30% at a time, under any circumstances, according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Education on Tuesday.
The directive is applicable for all non-government schools, colleges, madrasas and technical educational institutions.
Authorities of these institutions also cannot charge additional fees as establishment costs other than what is mentioned in the admission guidelines as session and development fees, said the circular signed by Additional Education Secretary AKM Zakir Hossain Bhuiyan.
The authorities will consult with parents and guardians of students before increasing the fees. However, the decision can only be implemented after the additional deputy commissioner of education in the institution's region approves it.
The circular was issued in the wake of the implementation of the Eighth National Pay Scale 2015.
The government observed that following the implementation of the new pay scale for government employees, private educational institutions have been increasing tuition fees abnormally, which is not acceptable, the circular said.