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Ministry of Education instructs private schools not to charge fees voluntarily (with letter)

Jun 22, The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has instructed private schools not to do so in the name of online classes and new admissions.

The organization of private school operators had today made a public request to the parents to pay the arrears by documenting the social status of the students in the upper class.

The Ministry of Education has clarified that no fee should be charged at present as consultations are underway with the concerned parties for a legal solution to the problems faced by the private investment schools in the current dire situation of Corona epidemic and closure.

In a statement issued by the Ministry’s Spokesperson and Joint Secretary Deepak Sharma today, the Government of Nepal has informed all concerned not to carry out activities contrary to the ‘Student Learning Facilitation Guideline, 2077’ from the alternative system while the school-related activities other than service and work are upheld.

There is no provision in the directive issued on May 3 for charging fees for learning alternative methods. The ministry has asked to consult with the concerned local level if there are any problems in the implementation of the directive. According to the constitution of Nepal, the jurisdiction of the secondary level (grades 1 to 12) has been given to the local level.

Due to the government’s decision to hold a new academic session from last April, learning is being conducted through alternative means in all types of schools, including all community schools, from June 20.

Privately invested schools have to propose their fees three months in advance of each academic session and get them approved by the concerned level, but in the current situation, the school cannot operate and charge fees without the government’s decision. Most of the private schools have been complaining to the parents every year that they are charging exorbitant fees against the government’s fee determination criteria and instructions. Currently, there are about 6,500 private schools in the country.

Tikaram Puri, president of the Private and Residential Schools Organization Nepal (PABSON) and Rituraj Sapkota, president of the National Private and Residential Schools Association (PABSON), issued a joint statement on Monday urging parents to pay the fees. The organizations said that they were continuing the classes for free or at a very low fee as they were conducting online classes in Bandabandi but they had difficulty in not charging fees.

The request was criticized as the government has not yet made a decision on charging for online classes. The government had last April instructed private schools to waive one month’s tuition fees.

Pabson and Ann Pabson have been demanding that the government include them in a relief package, such as industry, in case they have not been able to pay school fees, teachers’ and staff’s salaries, bank loans, interest and installments.

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