St Lucia govt to ‘repatriate’ stranded Nepali students'

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 29, 2015-

St Lucian government is working to repatriate dozens of Nepali students stranded in the island nation with the help of International Organization for Migration (IOM), local media and agents in Nepal said.

Around 60 Nepali students, who were enrolled at Lambirds Academy based in a town of Gros Islet, have been languishing in the country since the beginning of this year.

St Lucian government has shut down the academy and charged its officials with human trafficking and money laundering case. A total of 18 students have so far returned Nepal while the rest are waiting for a court hearing scheduled for April 10.

“One of our students told us that the government was working to repatriate them back home,” said Subash Humagain of the Kathmandu Multiconsultant. One of his students has been transferred to another college in St Lucia.

St Lucian authorities were reported to have decided to send the stranded students back home with assistance of the IOM, according to St Lucia Times, a local English language news portal. IOM staffers in Kathmandu could not be contacted to confirm the report.

Sohen Shrestha of the Significant Education Consultancy said the students are likely to return home after the court hearing.

The St Lucian authorities have charged three Indians and one Bangladeshi in connection with the incident. The defendants pleaded not guilty and said they had fulfilled all legal obligations to operate the college.

Students, meanwhile, are reported to have run out of money and being assisted by local Samaritans. These students had paid up to Rs 2 million for admission to the college promising to transfer credits to its US-based college after one year.

The students had applied to the college through Excellent Int’l Educational Institute, Learn Care Educational Consultancy, Perception Consultancy, Progressive Learning Centre and Engineering Concern, Toppers Academy Foundation, Euro Immigration,Visa Abroad Consultancy and Black Grain Solution Pvt Ltd based in Kathmandu, Bharatpur and Biratnagar.

Published: 30-03-2015 09:33

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