ANNISU-R padlocks school offices

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 16, 2014-

The All  Nepal Independent Student Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R), a student wing of the Mohan Baidya-led CPN (Maoist), padlocked account sections of dozens of schools and colleges across the country on Tuesday demanding to roll back tuition fee hike.

The union has been protesting private schools and colleges saying that they defied the legal provisions and hiked fee. According to Ratna Dhakal, general secretary of the union, the account sections of over 300 institutions, including technical schools affiliated to the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Centre and engineering colleges under Purbanchal and Pokhara Universities, were padlocked.

The union had obstructed administrative works in hundreds of schools in May demanding to roll back the fee hike. The protest was withdrawn after a High-level Monitoring and Dialogue Committee (HLMDC) under the Department of Education agreed to address a majority of demands, including rolling back the hike in tuition fee.

The union and the HLMDC had reached a five-point agreement, paving the way for the smooth operation of the private schools that had been hit by the protest. According to the agreement, the private schools would withdraw the tuition fee hike and adjust the difference into the tuition fee in the following months. “We waited for three months but the agreement was not addressed,” Dhakal said, threatening to halt regular classes if their demands are not addressed in two days.

The protest has hampered the second terminal examination that is going on in a majority of schools. Many schools have been conducting the examination of two

subjects in a single day due to the union’s warning.

 

Published: 17-09-2014 09:04

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