Nepal | July 03, 2020

High-level committee formed to monitor schools

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Schools will be directed to return fees charged against the rules

Kathmandu, May 6        

The Ministry of Education today decided to form a high-level committee under the coordination of the ministry’s joint-secretaries to monitor private schools in the Kathmandu valley.

The high-level monitoring committee will monitor special category schools from May 9.

A meeting of the Central Fee Fixation and Monitoring Committee held under the chairmanship of Director General of Department of Education Khagraj Baral and in the presence of joint-secretaries from MoE as well as representatives of student unions today decided to strengthen the existing monitoring mechanism.

A few months ago, the MoE had endorsed Institutional School Fee Fixation Directives-2016.

However, with the beginning of the new academic session, most of the schools have refused to follow the directives.

Private schools in the Valley were found charging exorbitant fees from students with no provision for scholarships.

The 10-point agreement reached between 13 student unions and MoE last year had decided to set the fee structure in a scientific way, regularly monitor irregularities and make scholarship distribution process transparent, among others.

However, the government failed to strictly implement the agreement and take action against private schools that have been flouting the directives.

Unsatisfied with the government’s monitoring of schools, student unions had started monitoring schools separately from May 4.

During the monitoring, private schools were found charging more than Rs 20,000 as monthly fee and more than Rs 50,000 as admission fee.

Dr Hari Lamsal, joint-secretary and spokesperson at MoE, said, “I have decided to lead the monitoring team and monitor the schools rigorously this time.”

Suprabhat Bhandari, President of Guardians Association Nepal and a member of CFFMC, said the meeting also decided to direct the schools to return fees charged against the rules, make public their scholarship distribution and monitor schools outside the Kathmandu valley under the leadership of under-secretaries.

“This time around, the monitoring committee will also inspect Montessori schools,” he said.


A version of this article appears in print on May 07, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

TUTH. Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj

49-day-old infant diagnosed with Covid-19 passes away in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: A 49-day-old infant diagnosed with Covid-19 passed away on Wednesday evening at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), where he was receiving treatment. Ministry of Health and Population, in its regular press briefing, confirmed the passing of the baby. The infant -- resident o Read More...

PM advised to reach out to rival NCP faction

Kathmandu, July 1 A day after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was asked by Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Standing Committee members to resign from both the posts of prime minister and party co-chair, the PM was advised by his aides in the party to reach out to the rival faction. Oli held a meeting Read More...

Nepal could witness yet another huge locust invasion

Kathmandu, July 1 The Locusts Information Centre has warned that a large swarm of locusts is likely to enter Nepal from India over the next couple of days. According to the centre, the swarm of locusts is headed towards Darjeeling from Bhagalpur and Motihari in Bihar. As the swarm is likely to Read More...

Hunger strike by youth activists enters sixth day

KATHMANDU, JULY 1 Iih, 26, who initiated ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign demanding effective handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the government, has been on fastunto-death in a sattal (rest house) at Patan Durbar Square as his hunger strike entered the sixth day today. Iih has been joined by Read More...

‘Citizenship bill not inclusive’

KATHMANDU, JULY 1 Although the constitution is progressive in terms of citizenship issues it does not guarantee equality. Even after five years of the promulgation of the constitution, necessary amendments have yet to be made to Citizenship Act-2006, as per the provisions of the constitution. Read More...

Obrador

Mexican president to hold first meeting with Trump, Democrats unimpressed

MEXICO CITY: Mexico's president and his US counterpart Donald Trump will hold their first meeting on July 8 in Washington, officials said on Wednesday, sparking complaints from Democratic lawmakers, who saw it as a political stunt with elections looming. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ha Read More...

Twitter removes image tweet by Trump over copyright complaint

Twitter Inc has taken down an image tweet by the US President Donald Trump on June 30, in response to a report from a copyright holder. Twitter now displays the message “This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder,” in place of the tweet. News website Axio Read More...

Gunmen kill 24 people in attack on Mexican drug rehab center

MEXICO CITY: At least 24 people were killed in an armed attack on a drug rehabilitation facility in the central Mexican city of Irapuato, Mexican police said on Wednesday, underlining the challenge the government has in fulfilling a pledge to stop gang violence. Police in the city in Guanajuato s Read More...