Even though some higher secondary schools—against which action was recommended for flouting the law governing them—have started enrolment of students for the new academic session, Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) seems incurious about it.
Following recommendations of a high-level monitoring committee, HSEB had sought clarification from 71 higher secondary schools for flouting its rules. The board on last November had directed all the colleges to submit written clarification by mid-March, clarifying why they breached the rules. The board has sought written explanation from colleges that violated its policies concerning location, fee structure, opening of branches, hiring of unqualified teachers and some for announcing admission before being affiliated to it. Action was recommended against those institutions that published or broadcast advertisements under fake names. Majority of such colleges are from Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Morang districts.
According to an HSEB record, around ten such colleges have not even submitted their clarification. The board has not taken any action except seeking clarification even though these colleges have started enrolling students. Instead, it is reportedly set to give clean cheats to some two dozen such colleges.
HSEB has not taken any action against the Kalimati-based Gillette College which was found involved in leaking the grade 12 question papers. As per the law, schools changing their location without the board’s permission are liable to punishment but all such colleges are being given clean cheats saying their clarifications were justifiable. “The clarifications of some colleges are satisfactory,” HSEB Vice-chairman Hem Kumar Mishra said.
However, Suprabhat Bhandari, chairman of Guardian Association of Nepal, doesn’t buy Mishra’s argument. Stating that the HSEB move of seeking clarification is just a formality, he said the board cannot take action now as the student enrollment has already started. Bhandari said that the board is hesitant to take action because of the mounting pressure of such colleges.
(Source: The Kathmandu Post: Published on 2011-07-07)