Pvt schools defy govt’s order

KATHMANDU: Over 50 per cent of the private schools in the valley are yet to submit their free structure to District Education Offices. The deadline for the submission of fee structure was April 28.

A meeting of Fee Management and Monitoring Committee (FMMC) under the Department of Education (DoE) on April 19 had decided not to hike fees and submit the fee structure for the academic session 2066 by April 28.

Lila Mani Pokharel, District Education Officer (DEO) of Kathmandu today told The Himalayan Times, “Though the deadline has expired, not even half of the private schools have submitted their fee structure.” He said only around 400 schools out of over 1, 000 private schools in Kathmandu have submitted their fee structur, adding, “The number of schools submitting their fee structure is less than that of last year.” According to Pokharel, 745 institutional schools submitted their fee structure last year.

He further said that they have formed a task force to tabulate the fee structure. The School Classification and Fee Monitoring Committee that consists of representatives from PABSON, NPABSON, Guardians' Association, Institutional School Teachers' Union and DEOs among others will fix the fee structure.

He said, “Those schools that are not abiding by the rules would be asked to furnish clarification and be punished.” District Education Officer, Bhaktapur, Neera Shakya, said, “Out of 235 institutional schools in Bhaktapur, only 110 schools have submitted their fee structures,” adding, the district monitoring committee had decided to extend the deadline till May 3 to submit the fee structure.

Kesav Dahal, DEO Lalitpur, said, “Out of 274 institutional schools in Lalitpur district, only 150 schools have submitted their fee structure in our office.” Likewise the DoE has formed four groups to activate Fee fixation committee in districts and monitor some sample schools too. The teams would be deployed to the districts on Sunday.