Guardians meet minister over high school fees

KATHMANDU; Guardians’ Association Nepal (GAN) today met education minister Sarvendra Nath Shukla to draw his attention towards cases of private schools charging high annual and monthly fees and those flouting

provisions of the Education Act.

Suprabhat Bhandari, President, GAN, accused some private schools of charging fees by disregarding the ceiling set by the District Education Office. Stating that some of the schools had disrespected the requirements of the Education Regulation, Bhandari said, “We demanded that such schools be made public and taken stern action against.”

Meanwhile, Kathmandu District Education Officer Gyan Yadav said private schools in the district had been authorised to hike fees up to 25 per cent effective from the new academic session. “The schools can charge 25 per cent, 18 per cent and 7.7 per cent in monthly fees to primary, lower secondary and secondary-level students, respectively,” he added. “A meeting of the guardians’ representatives and those of the school organisations and teachers’ unions took the decision.”