Posted Date: 17 Aug, 2012
The continuing padlock at the offices of the vice-chairman (VC) and member secretary of the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) for the last two weeks by student unions has affected the publication of results and many administrative works at the only government body that looks after college education.
Results for the Science faculty were published a month ago but HSEB has not yet released the results of the other faculties. “We have completed checking the answer sheets of all faculties but other administrative works have been disrupted due to the padlock,” said HSEB Member Secretary Bhimlal Gurung.
Gurung said the demands of the unions could only be addressed by the government or the Education Ministry. “The board is in no position to sort out their issues,” he said.
Ten days ago, the HSEB had made a written request to the ministry and then a follow-up request two days ago to sort out issues. However, there has been no response from the ministry.
On the other hand, the student unions are in no mood to withdraw the protest. “Neither the board nor the ministry has taken any initiative for dialogue. The padlock will continue unless the government assures us of addressing our demands,” said Nepal Student Union (NSU) coordinator Ranjeet Karna.
Putting forth a seven-point charter of demands, nine student unions, including the All Nepal National Free Students Union, All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary, NSU and All Nepal National Free Students Union (Fifth), had indefinitely padlocked the office of VC Hem Kumar Mishra and MS Bhimlal Gurung on July 31.
The demands of the student unions include a guarantee of free and equal education to all students up to grade 12, the implementation of all past agreements between the Education Ministry, the HSEB and the student unions and nationalisation of all private educational institutions. The unions also demanded a 20 percent scholarship in higher secondary schools and that Plus Two colleges be brought under a fixed parameter of education.