» 01/30/2015, 00.00
Nepal government revokes license from "unofficial" religious schools
The decision concerns institutions that are not run by religious organisations that can operate and finance them. For the authorities, "economic sustainability" and "suspicious fundamentalist activity" are the reasons for closure. Madrassas are affected.
In seven days 600 Islamic fundamentalists rounded up
Many of them are thought involved in the growing sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites.
Madrassas refuse to expel foreign students
The decision, taken by the president in the wake of the London bomb attacks, should be carried out by the end of December. There may be an extension but the government is determined to push ahead.
Nepal’s Maoist government against private schools
The government imposes a 5 per cent extra tax on private schools. Final exams will not be held unless schools pay up. Private school associations are up in arms against what they consider a “violation of the right to education.” Catholic schools are also affected but will pay the tax to allow students to complete their exams.
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Ankara asks Kathmandu to stop all Fethullah Gulen activities
The Islamic preacher is believed to be the mastermind behind the failed coup in Turkey. The network of his supporters manages at least 300 schools in Turkey and another 1,000 worldwide. In the capital of Nepal there are three, two of which are within walking distance of the Office of the Prime Minister. Turkish nationals who had been employed as volunteers, have been dismissed.
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.
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