All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R), student wing of the CPN Maoist led by Netra Bikram Chand, halted all the academic activities in the institutions affiliated to the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) on 23th April, demanding that the fee hike in various subjects such as nursing, pharmacy and lab technician among others be revoked.
ANNISU-R cadres had padlocked the office of the member secretary of the administration and accreditation division since April 9 to exert pressure on CTEVT to address their demands.
But the member secretary forcefully opened the lock on April 21, which irked ANNISU-R students, who in protest have announced educational strike in all affiliated campuses from today.
Ram Bahadur BK, coordinator of CTEVT unit of ANNISU-R, today said they also set a vehicle belonging to CTEVT on fire yesterday after member secretary forcefully opened the lock.
Organising a press meet here in Kathmandu today, another ANNISU-R, which is affiliated to the CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidhya, announced two-week protest programmes to exert pressure on CTEVT to revoke the fee hike decision.
The union said it would organise publicity programmes till April 30 in the first phase, interaction with the all concerned from May 1 to 7 in the second phase and indefinite educational strike in the third phase from May 8.
Suresh Gautam, president, ANNISU-R, said, “If CTEVT fails to withdraw the fee hike decision, we will stage nationwide educational strike from May 8.”
CTEVT had hiked the fee of three-year proficiency certificate level nursing from Rs 396,000 to Rs 479,000 while the fee for lab technician and pharmacy courses was hiked by 20 per cent.