CTEVT and HSEB officials and student unions play blame game

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Government officials and student unions are blaming each other for not taking the initiative to sit for talks, even after a prolonged halt in regular work at the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) and Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) due to student protests.

The students, who padlocked the office of the Vice Chairperson and member secretary and their regional offices of the offices across the nation at the end of July, have accused the government of ignoring their demands. While government authorities are saying that the agitating students have not heeded their call to sit for talks.

“We did write to the students to name their representatives to hold talks with authorities,” said Bhim Lal Gurung, member-secretary at HSEB. “But they are yet to respond.” Ranjit Karna, president of Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Students’ Union, said they had already sent names of representatives to HSEB. He said HSEB has not invited them for talks.

“We are not in a position to address all of the students’ demands. Therefore, we have sent the students’ demands to the Ministry of Education because some demands needed to be addressed through policy,” said Gurung.

Nine student unions affiliated to various political parties in the opposition have padlocked the offices demanding that Plus Two colleges not be allowed to use ‘foreign’ names and the government regulate their fees.

They have also been padlocking the Administration section, Office of Controller of Examination and Accreditation Division stating the question papers of exams held on July 19 for scholarships in nursing and general medicine were leaked.

They have also been demanding that CTEVT implement a fee structure for nursing and general medicine studies determined by the government-commissioned high level committee, among others. Jay Bahadur Tandon, member secretary at CTEVT, said, “We will soon resolve all the issues and normalise the situation.”

(Source: The Himalayantimes)