Lawmakers oppose co-op model schools

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 13, 2014-Lawmakers lobbying on the behalf of the private education sector have warned to protest in the parliament if the government does not withdraw its plan to turn the ownership of private schools into a cooperative modality. Private school operators have been asked to gear up for street protests while the lawmakers voice their demands in the House.

Speaking at an interaction programme organised by National Private and Boarding Schools Association of Nepal (N-PABSAN) in the Capital on Thursday they claimed that the transformation of the ownership to a cooperative form is violation of Right to Property guaranteed by the Interim Constitution.

“I don’t think the government is that foolish make such a decision,” said Baburam Pokhrel, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik lawmaker and former chairman of Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal (PABSON). “If it does so, you (private schools operators) take it to the streets while we protest in the parliament.” PABSON and N-PABSAN, umbrella bodies of private and institutional schools in the country, have been voicing their dissent against the government’s effort to transfer schools to a cooperative modality. The Ministry of Education is drafting a bill for new education act which envisions transferring the functioning modality of the private and institutional schools from company to a cooperation.

Addressing the programme, Umesh Shrestha, Nepali Congress lawmaker and chairman of Higher Secondary Schools Association, said as a representative of the private education sector he will always contribute to safeguarding their rights.

The private schools operators two weeks ago submitted a five-point memorandum to Minister for Education Chitra Lekha Yadav asking her not to take decision that would have long-term implications on the sector, demanding that the existing legality of the private schools be maintained. Sixteen lawmakers in the current Constituent Assembly are owners of various private academic institutions.

Published: 14-11-2014 08:57

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