60 private schools operating illegally in Biratnagar



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Sixty private schools in Morang district are found to be operating without being registered, officials at the District Education Office (DEO) said.

District Education Officer Yogendra Prasad Baral said the schools were found to be operating without legal authorisation during an inspection carried out jointly by the DEO; Private and Boarding School’s Organisation, Nepal (PABSON); Nepal Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation, Nepal (NPABSON) and Parents’ Association, among others, recently.

Likewise, 40 schools were found to be running classes up to grade eight though they were permitted to hold classes only up to grade five, he said.

Baral said he directed the schools to stop running unauthorised classes or else his office would initiate procedure to cancel their registration. A total of 344 private schools are registered in the district. Regarding schools being operated without registration, he said his office has asked the District Administration Office to take action against them as the matter is beyond the DEO’s jurisdiction.

In some cases, two schools were found to have been registered in a person’s name, Baral said.

Khagendra Bhattarai, chairman of the Parents’ Association in the district, said some school buildings were found to be in a dilapidated condition while some others were found to be charging excessive fees.

Source: Ekantipur