Row in dental sector lingers

Kathmandu, March 20:

The Nepal Dental Science Association (NDSA), an association of students of the three-year Certificate level in Dental Science (CDS), today handed over a memorandum to the health minister to resolve the dispute between the NDSA and Nepal Dental Association (NDA).

They have also warned the government of shutting down all the dental departments of government hospitals from next week if their regular studies didn’t resume. Their annual exams are scheduled to begin from April 21.

“After the seven-month long agitation, Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training agreed to modify the curriculum and directed Dental teachers associated with the NDA to teach students of CDS,” Michel Devkota, president of NDSA, told The Himalayan Times.“But NDA restricted its members from teaching CDS students through a notice,” added Devkota. According to Devkota, they had to seek the minister’s help as the NDA denied to abide by past agreements and also refused to talk to the students.

Meanwhile a press statement issued by the NDA said that modification in the CDS curriculum was against their consent and was purely due to the student’s pressure.