Unions to issue 72-hr ultimatum to PM over school fee hike

Published On: April 17, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 17: Three student unions affiliated to various political parties have decided to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister KP Oli on Tuesday demanding action against the private schools that hiked their tuition and annual fees against the rules.

Representatives of the CPN-UML's All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU), Nepali Congress'  Nepal Students' Union (NSU) and Maoist Center's All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) held a joint meeting on Monday and decided to submit a memo to the prime minister.
The student unions had earlier demanded that the ninth amendment to the Education Act that provisions 75 percent teacher vacancies would be filled by temporary teachers.

The eighth amendment of Education Act (2016) provisioned 49 percent seats for temporary teachers and 51 percent for open competition.

The exams called to fill the teacher vacancies by the Teachers Service Commission were recently postponed after strong protests by the three student unions.

Nepal Students' Union President Nain Singh Mahar informed that they have decided to pressure the government to cancel the illegally hiked fees of private schools. "We have also asked the government to implement the rules and regulations regarding fee restructuring at private schools."

The private schools have increased the tuition fees by up to 30 percent and charged up to Rs 200,000 as admission fees for the coming academic session that begins April 14.

Additionally, the private schools have charged the readmission fees from the students against the rules. There are about 6,000 private (institutional) schools across the country.

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