Kathmandu, July 25
The All Nepal National Free Students Centre and the Young Communist Force, sister wings of the CPN-MC, have warned they will close schools indefinitely if the nine-point demand they have put forth aren’t met.
The sister organisations had submitted a charter of demands to the National Private and Boarding Schools’ Association Nepal on July 19 with a seven-day ultimatum to address their demands.
Min Devkota, coordinator of ANNFSC said today, “We had submitted the memorandum on July 12, asking the organisation to address our demands at the earliest, or else they will have to face the consequences.”
Devkota added, “In the nine-point agreement, we have demanded that education be made free of cost for students whose family’s annual income is less than Rs 240,000. We have also asked them to bring uniformity in textbooks of both private and government schools.”
“Similarly, we have asked private schools to stop changing the uniform every year and enhance the educational criteria,” he said.
The agitating organisations have demanded an increase in salary and other benefits for teachers as well.
Karna Bahadur Shahi, president of NPABSAN said,” We have invited the agitating organisations for talks, which will be held soon.”
A version of this article appears in print on July 26, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.