Stakeholders push for slashing MBBS fees

Published On: September 5, 2016 08:52 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Stakeholders have raised their concerns over government's failure to force medical colleges to slash the fees for MBBS program in line with its own guideline.

As per government guideline, medical colleges cannot charge more than Rs 3.5 million from an MBBS student.

However, private medical colleges have been charging up to Rs 6 million per student, according to the sources.

“We have strongly raised our concern related to high fees being charged to MBBS students today in a meeting held at the Ministry of Education," said Suprabhat Bhandari, president of the Guardians' Association Nepal.

“Even Rs 3.5 million is high when compared with fees in other countries in our region,” he added.

A discussion was held among stakeholders, including users' rights groups, guardians, medical fee determining committee and government officials, according to the MoE.

“The discussion will continue until the matter is resolved,” said MoE officials.

There are some two dozen medical colleges across the country.

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