KATHMANDU, June 4
The teaching-learning process was affected across the country, with about eight million students of schools to universities forced to stay home due to the educational strike imposed by some student unions on Monday, demanding that the fee-hike in private schools be reversed.
Eight student unions apart from those affiliated to the ruling parties and the Nepali Congress had called the strike to put pressure on the government to force the private schools to reverse the fee-hike decision, said Chiranjibi Dhakal, president of the student union affiliated to the Netra Bikram Chand-led Maoist party.
According to the Guardians' Association Nepal, there are about eight million students from school to university level throughout the country. The teaching-learning process of these students was affected on Monday, said Keshav Puri, president of GAN.
Dhakal, however, said that they were forced to call the strike in the interest of the students. "The problem is related to the students and guardians. We all students should join hands against the anarchy," he added.
The private schools increased their tuition fees by up to 30 percent and charged up to Rs 200,000 as admission fee for the current academic session which began on April 19. Additionally, the private schools have also charged the readmission fees in the name of annual fees from the students against the Fee Restructuring Directive 2072 BS. There are about 6,000 private (institutional) schools across the country.
Meanwhile, various student unions affiliated to different political parties protested against the petroleum products price hike. "We are against the government decision," said Dhakal. This decision burdens the people with price rise which is not affordable for many," he added. "Our eight unions' alliance will announce further protests Tuesday."
Similarly, student unions of the ruling parties have also urged the government to withdraw the fuel price hike decision.