Activists of the All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) padlocked all nursing colleges in Rupandehi on Friday. The CPN-UML-aligned students’ body has alleged that the nursing colleges in the district do not meet the prescribed standards and that they are charging unnecessarily high fees from students.
ANNFSU said they were compelled to shut down all the eight colleges in the district as they ignored their call to upgrade the standards and decrease the tuition fees.
Yam Raj Pandey, the district chairman of the ANNFSU, claimed that the nursing colleges were charging fees higher than those in the Capital. He said their protest was indefinite and that they will not relent unless the nursing colleges agree to their demands.
In order to bring uniformity in the tuition fees, institutions here increased the cost of the proficiency level from Rs 300,000 to Rs 500,000 last year, which students have said is an unjust move.
A ministerial-level team formed to determine and investigate the infrastructure of the institutions had also concluded that the colleges did not meet the standards.
Operators of the nursing colleges, meanwhile, claimed that they have been running the institutions according to the norms and standards set by the government. They also said that the tuition fees were not that high as claimed by ANNFSU activists.
(Source: The Kathmandu Post)