The High Court today stayed for six months a government decision that imposed 7.5 percent VAT on tuition fees of English medium students.

The court also issued a rule upon the authorities concerned of the government to explain why the decision of imposing the VAT should not be declared illegal.

The HC bench of Justice Shamim Hasnain and Justice Mohammad Ullah came up with the order and rule in response to a writ petition filed by two guardians of English medium school challenging the legality of the decision.

The bench passed the order when students and guardians of different English medium schools staged anti-VAT protest in Dhaka

Around 150 guardians and students formed a human chain on a footpath on Sat Masjid Road in Dhanmondi around 11:30am demanding withdrawal of current 7.5 VAT on tuition fees. The programme continued for an hour.

Bearing placards, they chanted slogans “No VAT, No VAT”.