KATHMANDU, June 25:With the new academic session just around the corner, some higher secondary schools in Kathmandu Valley have started collecting additional amount for the admission process against the guidelines of the government regulatory body. However, the concerned authority hasn't taken any action against them.
After the publication of the results of School Leaving Certificate examinations, the enrollment process in the higher secondary schools has started. The Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) has directed the concerned education institutions to complete the admission process of grade 11 by July 30 and begin the classes from July 31.
According to the HSEB, maximum of Rs 125 including Rs 25 for forms and Rs 100 for cost of entrance exams can be charged from each student as part of the admission process.
Suprabhat Bhandari, president of the Guardians' Association Nepal, said that some of the higher secondary schools have been earning extra money by selling the admission forms at exorbitant rate. “Some of the schools are reported to be charging up to Rs 500 for the admission forms,” he added.
Lok Bahadur Bhandari, general secretary at the Higher Secondary Schools' Association Nepal, said that charging more than Rs 125 for admission form is illegal. “They have to face the consequences of their act,” he said, adding, “If the names of the schools are reported to the HSEB, we will force the schools to return the illegal amount charged to the students.”
However, HSEB officials were aloof from monitoring such activities and carrying out their responsibilities. There are 3,669 higher secondary schools across the country. About 500,000 SLC graduates are eligible to get admission in grade 11.