Plea seeking enforcement of free education rules filed


Himalayan News Service

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE, Kathmandu, April 29, Acting General Secretary of Nepal Student Union Kundan Raj Kafle today filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court demanding that education up to Grade XII should be fully free as per the spirit of the constitution.

The petitioner argued that as per Article 31 of the constitution, students had the right to attain education up to Grade XII free of cost but local levels across the country were imposing fees on students in violation of the constitutional provision. “At least 50 local levels, including metropolis and sub-metropolis have passed laws and regulations fixing fee structures for different levels,” Kafle told THT.

He said that Kathmandu metropolis also recently imposing fee structures for private schools which was also a violation of the constitutional provision.

“Education Rules state that private schools can run classes, but that does not mean private
schools should collect fees from pupils,” Kafle said.