‘Free schooling for pupils from marginalised groups’

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jan 18, 2018-

The Supreme Court (SC) issued an interim order on Wednesday, asking not to take any fees from students belonging to Dalit, Janajati and other marginalised groups studying in community schools.

A single bench of Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla issued the order in response to a writ filed by Man Bahadur Dangi, demanding free education for students from the marginalised communities. The bench stated the poor people should have equal rights to education. Article 31(1) of the constitution ensures that every citizen has the rights to get education without any fee till the secondary level. The bench said till final verdict on the case, community schools are not allowed to collect any fees from the students belonging to the marginalised communities as defined in the constitution. The SC has also instructed the authorities concerned to keep a record of those students who are receiving free education. With SC decision, community schools are not allowed to charge any fees from the students whose parents are below the poverty line as fixed by the government.

Published: 18-01-2018 07:33

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