The Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) has decided to shut down four debt ridden colleges.
According to HSEB Spokesperson Narayan Koirala, monitoring commitee had recommended shutting down of
These colleges have failed to maintain minimum standards for plus two colleges, he added.
He said that it took them three years to implement the recommendation made by the committee three years ago. The notice regarding closure of the colleges would be published in the newspapers on Monday.
“Though HSEB was aware that the colleges had not maintain even the basic standards, it took us three years to close them down,” Koirala added.
As some of the students had already enrolled in the colleges in 2012, the board waited for the students to pass out and barred students from enrolling new students, he added.
According to HSEB official, these colleges instead of hiring good teachers, building labs, libraries and ensuring basic infrastructure to run classes spent millions of rupees on publicity. Failure to pay back the ever-increasing debt led to conflict between partners and this subsequently affected the colleges.
White Gold college transferred the properties it owned to another individual in violation of existing laws. Academic institutions are not allowed by existing laws to transfer properties in the name of another person.
He also urged students not to pick colleges based on the latter´s claim of having admitted board toppers.
Some of the colleges have been misusing the names of board toppers to attract more students, said Umesh Shrestha, chairperson of the Higher Secondary School Association of Nepal (HISSAN).
Guardians present at the function also stressed that the presence of minister to award the SLC graduates at a public function was represensible.
"Is the minister´s act of distributing certificates to toppers not against the government policy which has already adopted a policy to discourage such activities?" questionned Suprabhat Bhandari, chairperson of the Guardians´ Association of Nepal.
Source: Republica National daily