HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: District Education Offices are facing dilemma over opening schools tomorrow on the day of the bandh.
The recent statement of Ministry of Education has given DEOs the right to make decisions regarding the closure of schools. As the May 27 deadline for the new constitution is drawing nearer, the frequent bandhs have deprived schoolchildren and examinees of their Right to Education.
Meanwhile, all stakeholders including private schools operators expressed solidarity to declare educational institutions a zone of peace at a discussion programme organised by Education Journalists Group today.
Though the government had declared educational institutions a ‘peace zone’ in May last year, the declaration has remained on paper. The private school operators, teachers unions, human rights activists today decided to convince the bandh-enforcers into opening schools tomorrow.
Former member of National Human Rights Commission Sudeep Pathak said that all the parents, organisations, press, international organisations and schools should join hands in order to keep the schools open regardless of political situations.
Vice-chairman of PABSON Lakshya Bahadur KC said they are not sure whether they would close or open the school tomorrow.
Parents’ Association Nepal Chairman Suprabhat Bhandari said every morning students are desperate to know whether their school will open or not the next day.
Students of grade XI and XII and bachelor’s level second year were affected the most by this bandh as they had to walk hours to reach the exam centres.