PABSON not to comply Government directive

KATHMANDU: The Private and Boarding School Association of Nepal (PABSON) has said that it will not comply with the recently introduced Private and Boarding School Directive 2013.

Addressing a press meet in the Capital on Monday, the PABSON core committee members said that the private schools would not implement the guidelines that were against their business. The PABSON has demanded amendments to the new directive to turn the directive in their favor.

The PABSON, which was involved in writing the draft the guideline, had participated in every discussion sessions organized by the MoE until the preparation of the final directive. But now, following the immense pressure from its district-based executive committees, the organization is taking a contradictory stand. It has been learnt that the PABSON´s latest move has come after the district members´ threatened to replace the present central committee.

The directive states that the schools with poor infrastructures and less than 22 students in each class would be forced to undergo a merger. If the directive gets implemented, around 4000 private schools face merger. The number represents 40 percent of the total schools in the country. Similarly, the directive also includes provisions on earthquake sustainability of school buildings, playgrounds, practical labs and libraries. It also puts a limit on the weight of bags students carry depending upon their grade. Likewise, the standard distance for the Kathmandu Valley-based students and across the country has been set and the District Education Offices have been authorized to monitor the implementation.

Meanwhile, the Guardians´ Association of Nepal (GoN) has given seven days ultimatum to PABSON to begin the implementation process or be prepared for strong protests from the guardians.


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