Sunday, February 6, 2011

NPABSAN seeks priority for education

A meeting of National Private and Boarding Schools Association of Nepal (NPABSAN) today demanded that the government prioritise education in the preamble of the new constitution.

The meeting decided to urge the government to scrap the one per cent Education Service Tax and harbour positive attitude towards private schools.

The first full meeting of the 37-member central committee was held in Sauraha, Chitwan on February 4 and 5.

Ritu Raj Sapkota, general secretary, NPABSAN, today said, “The government has repeatedly failed to prioritise the education sector, so we have demanded inclusion of education in the preamble to ensure the right to education to all citizens.”

“The provision barring scholarships for disadvantaged, marginalised students in private schools should be immediately withdrawn,” he added.

NPABSAN has also demanded laws to ensure representation of their members in the government committee assigned to prepare the Education Act and Regulation. They have sought permission for new private schools on a needs basis and a legal provision to ensure peace in schools.

Capacity building of teachers, employees, guardians and school owners through international tours and government facilities to private schools that follow rules and regulations are some other demands.