Private schools submit memo to Indian envoy, seek help in ensuring child rights

KATHMANDU: The Private and Boarding Schools' Organisation Nepal (PABSON) on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae, and called the southern neighbour to ensure child rights by lifting the unofficial blockade imposed at Indo-Nepal border points.

A delegation led by PABSON President Lachhe Bahadur KC had reached the Kathmandu-based Indian Embassy and handed over the memorandum to Ray.

In the memorandum, the organisation of private schools has claimed that the ongoing fuel crisis resulted from the border obstructions is likely to deprive more than 7 million of their right to education.

It has explained that the fuel crisis has made it difficult for school hostels and shuttle services to operate while daily expenditures of academic institutions have increased.

"The situation may promote anti-Indian feeling in the minds of children," it warned.

The Organisation reminded the southern neighbour that the current situation violated Articles 28 and 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989.

In response, the Ambassador said the present problem should be resolved politically, according to PABSON President KC.

"He, however, maintained that India was serious about the issue," KC told THT Online over phone.