» 07/28/2012, 00.00
In Kathmandu, Nepali president and UN officials slam attacks against private schools
Concerned with students' future, Ram Baran Yadav appeals to the government to guarantee security. UN officials, who share the same concerns, want schools to be considered 'Zones of Peace.' Catholics play a significant role in the country's education system.
Maoists and nationalists attack dozens of foreign-run private schools
Young members of the Congress Party and Nepali Student Union protest against high tuition fees and foreign school names. Attacks began on 15 July, but Jesuit-run Catholic institutions were spared.
Government to recognise Muslim and Buddhist religious schools
Hundreds of Islamic and Buddhist schools want recognition. Nepal’s government is set to provide financial aid as well but demands in return that such schools also use non religious books in English and Nepali. Some Muslim groups object.
Teachers’ strike jeopardising students’ future
Teachers launch strike for better job security, but job action really worries students across the country. More than 35,000 schools are shut down. Strike is set to continue until the government does not guarantee a contract and increases wages.
Kathmandu, high risk of attacks against Christians
The government under the Maoists blackmail has not yet appointed a new interior minister. Police warn of increased activity of Hindu extremist groups, but has no money to continue operations. Christians are afraid to go to church and prefer to pray in their homes.
Maoist rebels end unilateral truce
Global pressure to stick to the truce proved useless. Accused of not respecting the truce, King Gyanendra said it was only a subterfuge of the rebels. Blasts have gone off in three cities.
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