HSS to refund amount charged to grant students

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 4, 2014-

The Higher Secondary Schools’ Association Nepal (HISSAN), an umbrella organisation of higher secondary schools (HSS) operating across the country, has agreed to refund the amount they charged on various pretexts to the students who were enrolled under scholarship quota made mandatory by the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB).

Giving in to the pressure from All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R), which had launched strong protests against such practices by private higher secondary schools and colleges, HISSAN  agreed to return the sum they had charged to such students enrolled under scholarship quota.

In the three-point agreement reached between ANNISU-R and HISSAN on Monday, the latter assured that it will not subject students enrolled under scholarship quota to any kind of charge, while the agitating side agreed to remove the padlocks put in the account sections of altogether 40 private  HSS.

ANNISU-R, the student wing of main opposition UCPN (Maoist), had padlocked the account sections of Little Angles, VS Niketan, Everest, NIST, Pentagon, Mega and Kathmandu Model College, among others, in Kathmandu demanding “completely free education” for students selected to receive scholarships.

“We have finally reached an agreement and have been able ensure the rights of the students,” said Ramesh Malla, ANNISU-R vice-chairman.

Though the higher secondary schools and colleges are supposed to provide free education to students enrolled under scholarship quota for  two years, many of them were found to have charged anywhere between Rs 12,000 and Rs 30,000 on various pretexts to the students selected to receive scholarships.

The Education Regulations 2002 makes it mandatory for all educational institutions to award full scholarship to 10 percent of the students enrolled in them.

The HSEB had selected around 2,200 students to receive scholarship on merit basis, prioritising those who belong to the marginalised, indigenous and Dalit communities.

The private schools had agreed not to charge fees to such students in a tripartite agreement reached between the representatives of the Higher Secondary Schools Association Nepal, the HSEB and the various students unions in July last year.

Published: 05-08-2014 10:38

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