CIAA concerned over PABSON's announcement to defy deal



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The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Tuesday directed the education secretary to tighten the monitoring mechanism and punish the private schools that are increasing tuition fees every year.
The strong directive by the CIAA comes after a day the Private and Boarding Schools Organization, Nepal (PABSON) announced to defy an earlier agreement to revise school fees by November 1. While meeting Minister for Education Chitra Lekha Yadav on Monday, PABSON had declared that the fee hiked at the beginning of this academic session in April would not be reduced.

The CIAA has also expressed dissatisfaction over the role of the concerned authorities stating that the lack of timely intervention to curb the monopoly of private sector is turning out to be a grave issue over the time.
“Concerned authority has remained silent even though the people have been forced to bear the burden of fee hike,” reads the CIAA statement.

It has written to Education Secretary Bishwa Prakash Pandit to develop effective mechanism to address the issues of sharp rise of the fees by private schools as well as to make them act in accordance with the prescribed law.

In September, PABSON had agreed to revise the fees following an indefinite strike by Maoist-affiliated All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary. Now, the organization states that it would be impractical to revise the fee in the middle of the academic session. According to PABSON, doing so would affect salary scale of the teachers and development of infrastructure.