A special committee formed by Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) to analyze the advertisement pattern of the higher secondary schools and plus two colleges on Sunday recommended punishment for 26 Valley based colleges after analyzing print advertisement published in various Major National daily such as Kantipur, Nagarik, The Himalayantimes, Annapurna post etc. It found that 22 colleges of Kathmandu, three from Lalitpur and one from Bhaktapur violated the code of conduct. Three-member committee which was formed on July 3 asked the board to seek clarification from the colleges. Similarly, the committee also recommended the board to publish the name of those institutions in national newspapers as a first warning.
The report found most of these HSS using the names and photos of SLC toppers, HSEB toppers and MBBS toppers while announcing new admissions. It found some Higher secondary schools running advertisements in newspapers in the name of Tole Sudhar Samiti (Area Development Committee). Among others, the task force found
The HSEB Code of Conduct issued last year restricts using the photos of eminent figures or the successful personalities for the advertisement of the higher secondary schools and colleges. Institutions are prohibited from using wall papers and hoarding boards with and photos of president, vice-president, prime minister, ministers, government secretaries, former government officials, ambassadors and artists, among others.
The board can slap a fine of up to Rs 50, 000 to the colleges for violating the rule for the first time, and Rs 100,000 for the second time. The license of the colleges that repeatedly violate the code of conduct can be scrapped.
Likewise, some colleges were also found operating plus two classes without HSEB´s approval. Receiving the report, Joint Secretary Narayan Koirala said that the colleges would be asked clarifications for overstepping the norm.
Last week, 17 plus two colleges that were found to be violating admission norms and employing prohibited means for advertisements replied to the HSEB saying that they would follow the board´s directives.
After monitoring the Valley-based higher secondary schools and plus two colleges, the HSEB, on June 25, had sought clarification from 29 institutions for violating the board´s directive against the use of hoarding boards to attract students.