Illegal schools operating despite DEO diktat in Doti district


Himalayan News Service

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It has come to light that scores of schools are operating illegally in remote Doti district.

Even though DEO had published the names of illegal schools in the beginning of the session this year, the authorities’ directive has gone unheeded. According to DEO data more than 2,000 students are studying in such schools.

District Education Officer Ganesh Bahadur Singh said that the schools had been running illegally despite the authority’s oral and written directives. “We had published the names of illegal schools three months ago, but neither the operators paid attention nor the guardians. It is the guardians’ fault that they admitted their kids in fake schools,” said Singh.

According to him, many of the fake schools lie near the district headquarters. It is said that some schools have been closed as they faced existential crisis. There are around 25 boarding schools in the district, as per the DEO, out of which as many as eight schools are yet to register. Three of the schools have been conducting classes for grades higher than for which permission was granted, whereas two schools were operating in different places by opening branches.

Aradhana English School, Sanagaun, Shining Star Boarding School, Dipayal Airport, Janakalyan Boarding School Dhurkot, Unique Boarding School, Mudbhara, SP Boarding School, Lamikhal, Malika Boarding School, Chhapali, Bhawani Boarding School, Sanagaun, Morning Light Boarding School, Sanagaun have been operating without any legal registration.

Similarly, Silgadi-based Genius International Boarding School, Hillside Boarding School and Muna Memorial Boarding School have been running classes for grades higher than for which permission was granted. Schools that have opened branches are Sunakhari Boarding School, Bandungrisain and Toleni-based Little Star Boarding School. Many illegal schools have been operating up to lower secondary level.

Meanwhile, Deepak Thapa, a guardian said that they were facing problems as they couldn’t recognise which schools were legitimate and which were not.