(AsiaNews) - In protest against high fees, young militants from the Maoist and
Congress parties have attacked dozens of private schools that rely on foreign funding
15 July, militants from the rightwing Congress party and members of the Nepali
Student Union attacked six privately-run schools, breaking furniture and destroying
school material. Young Maoists attacked six more colleges, including the Rato
Bangla School, Everest Florida College, South Western State College and the
Kathmandu Institute of Science and Technology College. More attacks were
reported this morning. So far, only the 33 Catholic schools (primary, high
school and university) run by the Jesuits were spared.
Dhakal, a member of the Maoist Student Union, said that his group attacked
foreign schools and colleges to remove their foreign names and rehabilitate the
country's national and cultural identity. "Ours is a symbolic act,"
he explained. "Now we want to draw the government's attention to schools
that use foreign names and ask excessively expensive fees."
Dina Nath Sharma, Nepal's education minister, the government is doing all it
can to keep things under control. "Over the next few months, we'll try to come
up with common standards for private schools by adopting new fee rules, and ask
schools to use Nepali names," he said.
their part, school officials blamed political parties for the attacks, done out
of revenge in their view.
sources say that various political parties have speculated on private school
construction and management, asking for huge sums of money to guarantee regular
activities and security to the schools. Those who did not pay were attacked and
About 53 per cent of the Nepali people is literate. Private
schools represent the backbone of the country's school system because only they
have been able to provide quality education.