Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, March 28:

The students who were deprived of sitting for this year’s School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations due to negligence on the part of educational institutions were seen strolling around exam centres in Kathmandu today. “The government should make arrangements for us to write exams. We have been deprived of sitting for the exams because of rampant irregularities in the country’s education sector,” said Rabindra Shrestha, a student of the Lord Bouddha Academy. “The students might turn to violence if their problems are not addressed as soon as possible.” According to official figures, the number of students cheated by the educational institutions has reached 642 in Kathmandu and Lalitpur.

Parents have lodged a number of complaints against 11 educational institutions at the Kathmandu District Police Office. However, Pradeep Pradhan, principal of the Siddhartha Children’s Academy, received clarification from the Kathmandu District Police Office, DSP Ganesh KC said. Of the 14 students eligible for taking exams, 13 are attending examinations whereas one is absent because of his personal problem. According to police, 143 from Moonshine High School, 29 from Cosmic Coaching Institute, 36 from Lord Bouddha Academy, seven from Apex Boarding School, 80 from Saraswoti Academy, 82 from Deep Educational Academy, 22 from Sprinkle High School, 50 from Lincoln School, 130 from Sagarmatha Institute, 28 from Universal Institute in Kathmandu and 34 from Namobuddha in Lalitpur have been deprived of sitting for the examinations.

Meanwhile, Kathmandu police today got permission from the Kathmandu District Court to keep four principals in custody. Eight principals are absconding, police said. Those produced before the Kathmandu District Court today were Man Bahadur Rai of Sprinkle Academy, Arjuan Ramtel of Cosmic Coaching School, Dambar Nepali of Saraswoti Academy and Ramchandra Shrestha. Padmadhwoj Muktang, Sumki Tamang, Gyan Bahadur Lama, Dipendra Thapa, Raju Pudasaini, Yam Tiwari and KD Moktan are absconding, police said. Search is on to nab them.