Welfare bodies protest expulsion of HIV-hit students

POKHARA: Representatives of several child welfare organisations on Sunday held interactions with local guardians and the school management following the expulsion of three HIV-positive students from Diamond Model School on Monday.

The representatives said some guardians were refusing to allow their children to study with the HIV infected students. “The guardians continue to press the school administration not to readmit the expelled students. Some of them came to the school today to collect transfer certificates for their children. We somehow managed to convince them,” secretary of Regional HIV Network, Dilip Gurung said.

According to Gurung, discussions were held in Diamond Boarding School and Saldanda village. Some villagers sympathised with the expelled students while others insisted that the HIV positive students not be allowed to study with their children.

Efforts to convince the local guardians have been on ever since three students were expelled from Begnas of Kaski’s Lekhnath 9 based Akura Care Village Diamond Boarding School. The incident came in the light after it was published in The Himalayan Times and Annapurna Post a few days ago.

Meanwhile, organisations working for the welfare of children are planning to hold a comprehensive interaction in the office of Lekhnath Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Monday. Local guardians, representatives of several child welfare organisations and government offices, health workers and media persons would participate in the interaction.

The Pokhara-based Muskan Club is planning to stage a relay hunger strike on the school premises from Monday to protest expulsion of the students.