Court scraps petition, opens door for fee hike

  • school fees
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 30, 2014-

The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday scrapped the writ petition demanding an intervention in the move of private schools operators to hike the school fees in defiance of the earlier court ruling.

A division bench of Justice Kalyan Prasad Shrestha and Om Prakash Mishra annulled the writ claiming that the private schools have not raised their fees in the current academic session. The apex court declared that it was not necessary for any kinds of ruling as the private schools did not violated its earlier ruling.

In the petition filed on March 18, advocate duo Shree Krishna Subedi and Gopal Nath Yogi had claimed that the private schools operators were violating the earlier verdict of the apex court which directed Private and Boarding Schools Organisations Nepal (Pabson) and National Private and Boarding Schools Association Nepal (NPabson), the umbrella organisations of the private schools, not to hike the fee every year. Petitioners sought a ruling from the apex court against the private schools to follow the directives issued in 2012.

The SC, however, has asked the two school bodies to strictly abide by the 11-point directives, including that not to hike their tuition fees every year, it had issued on May 23, 2012. Directing the schools to hike their fees only once every three years, the court had fixed the charges for admission forms and entrance examination at Rs 50 and Rs 100 respectively.

The Sunday’s verdict has opened the door for the private schools to increase fees from the new academic session that -begins in April next year as the three-year deadline expires in 2015. “The fees can be increased next year by District Fee Determination and Monitoring Committee on the request of the private schools if needed,” said Subedi. The rules 145, 146 and 147 of the Education Regulation 2002 allow the private schools to increase the tuition fee if the school’s operation cost increases with the hike in teacher’s salary and other expenses.

Published: 01-12-2014 10:07

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