Private schools’ bodies urge end to strike

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 12:

National Private and Boarding Schools’ Association Nepal (NPABSAN) today appealed to the government for timely intervention to solve the problems facing the education sector. A meeting held today by NPABSAN also appealed to those who had called the educational strike to withdraw it as it would adversely affect the education sector. The ANNISU-R, the pro-Maoist students wing, had called an indefinite educational strike from June 7 affecting conduction of regular classes in several schools in the districts. “The present crisis is a political problem and, therefore, it needs to be solved politically,” said Karna Bahadur Shahi, general secretary of the NPABSAN. BN Sharma, vice president of PABSON, said private schools are in a dilemma whether to open or not as there is pressure from both the government and the Maoists. The PABSON, too, today called an emergency meeting to discuss the educational crises.

Schools resume classes

Baglung: At least 60 schools in Baglung, which had received permission to run classes but were shut down due to the lack of teachers’ quota and financial resources, have resumed classes after the government decided to provide teachers’ quota and some financial relief to them. According to the district education office, Bagl-ung, the schools resumed classes from this session after the government decided to provide Rs 55,000 to each of them annually. Meanwhile, a report from Rupandehi said most of the private and public schools in Rupandehi district resumed classes after two weeks on Sunday, said a press statement issued by Bed Prakash Khanal, the co-ordinator of ANNIFSU-R on Saturday. — HNS