MoE condemns explosion, bomb planting at schools

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Education has condemned explosion and planting of bombs in schools in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Expressing serious concerns over such violent activities, the MoE said it was inappropriate for anyone to attack schools and use them as a shield in order get their demands, including forceful donations, fulfilled.

Earlier in the morning, bombs went off in two schools in Jorpati while security personnel diffused explosives planted in five other schools in other places.

The seven schools remained closed today after the bomb scare. Some other schools also sent students back home.

Issuing a statement, MoE Spokesperson Hari Prasad Lamsal emphasised on maintaining a proper, peaceful and secure environment in schools in order to ensure an overall development of children.

Dr Lamsal said getting quality education was children's right and for that schools should be allowed to operate without any obstruction and in a fearless environment. Thus, schools should be kept secure and as a zone of peace, he added.

The Ministry expects support from students, teachers, guardians, civic society, government agencies and other stakeholders to ensure smooth operation of schools, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the ruling Nepali Congress has also condemned today's incidents, saying they violated children's right to education.

Other organisations like National Campaign for Education (NCE) and Children and Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH) have also condemned the attack.