HSEB scraps licence of 72 HS schools

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- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu

Jun 22, 2015-

The Higher Secondary Education Board on Monday decided to scrap the licence of six dozen higher secondary schools that had remained idle for two years.

An executive board meeting of the HSEB decided to revoke the permits of 72 HS schools as they had only been holding their licences without carrying out regular operations. The decision will be applicable from July 17. Any HSS that is not satisfied with the decision can, however, furnish its clarification within 15 days, defending its position. The HSEB can reverse its decision if the clarifications are convincing.

“This move is aimed at ending the tendency of holding the licence [without doing anything],” said Narayan Koirala, member-secretary at the HSEB.

In a public notice, the HSEB has appealed to parents not to enroll their children in those schools warning that no student from there would qualify to take the board exams. Of the schools that have lost their licences, 40 percent (29) are from Kathmandu Valley. Six are from Morang, four each from Makawanpur and Chitwan, and three from Jhapa. A majority of those facing the HSEB action--47--are private schools.

According to HSEB officials, most of the schools had no students while some of them had tussle among shareholders. Last year, the Board scraped the affiliation of Gurukul HSS School and Kathmandu Barsha HSS owing to disputes among the shareholders.

Schools including Symbiosis HSS, Fluorescent HSS and Axis HSS had been of service for years before they stopped their operations three years ago in the lack of adequate enrolment. Operators of the schools blame the HSEB practice of granting affiliations without assessing the need for the failure.

Many schools struggle for existence as they do not get the required number of students while the HSEB grants affiliations to dozens of new HSSs every year. Seventy two new schools were affiliated to the board last year. “The number of HS schools increases every year whereas that of SLC graduates is fluctuating,” said Umesh Shrestha, chairman of the Higher Secondary Schools Association Nepal, in an interaction conducted by Kantipur FM in the Capital on Monday. “This has led to unfair competition.”

As many as 200,000 students passed the SLC exams this year. Around 125,000 students are sitting supplementary tests shortly. If 100,000 students pass the chance exams, the total number of students ready to join HS schools will be 300,000. This means one HSS will get just about 80 students on an average.

This shows that hundreds of schools will be unable to sustain due to the competition to attract students. Currently, around half a million students are studying in 3,639 HS schools across the country.

Published: 23-06-2015 08:06

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