The monitoring of private schools to ensure that they are following government directives is going to start from today. Fee Fixation and Monitoring committee is all set to monitor private schools, said Baikuntha Aryal, District Education Officer (DEO), Kathmandu, today.
Earlier, private schoolls were found fleecing students and parents by charging exorbitant fees so, last year, the Supreme Court had directed private schools against increasing their tuition fees and selling textbooks on the premises of the school.
Likewise, the Central Fee Fixation and Monitoring Committee, a powerful government committee, had also directed schools to follow last year’s fee structure but private schools are continuining to fleece students under various titles and defying the government directives. Guardians are complaining that government authorities are turning deaf ear to their demands and being only spectator.
Suprabhat Bhandari, president, Guardians Association Nepal said the government had turned a deaf ear to their demands to take action against those schools that were fleecing parents in the name of quality education and inflation.
Mankaji Shrestha, DEO, Lalitpur district, said that he had mobilised his office team to monitor private schools randomly today. He, however, denied to name the schools that would be monitored. Likewise, Shankar Gautam, DEO, Bhaktapur district, said he has also begun monitoring private schools in the district.
As the authorities have not been actively monitoring schools, the guardians association and other stakeholders have been inspecting schools on their own to check irregularities.