Schools to adjust hiked tuition fee by November 1



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The private schools have agreed to adjust the fee increased at the beginning of this academic session, during talks with the protesting CPN-Maoist stuent wing, ANNISU-R, and the Ministry of Education Friday.

The talks were held after the ANNISU-R shut private schools, Tribhuvan University (TU)-affiliated private colleges, and the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) on Friday demanding withdrawal of the fee hike.

Over two million students were affected by the closure of academic institutions during the day, according to private school organizations. At the meeting held between the representatives of private schools and educational institutions, ANNISU-R and officials of the Ministry of Education (MoE), the private schools agreed to adjust the fee increased in the beginning of this academic session by November 1, informed Ratna Dhakal, general secretary of the ANNISU-R.

Likewise, the Department of Education stated that the schools that fail to implement the agreement within a month will be fined Rs 25,000. “The schools that do not implement the agreement after three government warnings will face scrapping of their licenses,” said the DoE Director Tek Narayan Bhattarai.

Earlier on Wednesday, the union had shut the administration and finance departments of private schools across the country.

The revolutionary group has argued that the government authorities, and private school organizations including PABSON and NPABSON ignored an earlier agreement reached with the group to reduce the fee.

Meanwhile, ANNISU-R activists on Friday entered the Milestone School in Lalitpur and resorted to vandalism on the charge of defying its strike. The school administration has said that the activists damaged a desktop computer.