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Students seek action against 13 schools in Valley

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KATHMANDU — Various student unions on Wednesday issued a joint appeal for legal action against the schools shying away from implementating the School Fee Determination Standard Directive, 2072.

The 14 students unions including Nepal Students Union, All Nepal National Free Students Union and All Nepal National Independent Students Union–Revolutionary held a joint press conference demanding action against as many as 13 schools in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

The schools that have fallen under the student unions’ scrutiny include Rato Bangala, DAV, Little Angels, Ideal Model, GEMS, Brihaspati Vidya Sadan, Siddartha Banasthali and Galaxy among others.

NSU spokesperson UP Lamichhane said recent inspections carried out in those schools showed absence of financial transparency while more than Rs 30,000 was being charged in grade one.

Likewise, irregularity in scholarship distribution, fees charged under unnecessary topics and physical infrastructure were found to be in violation of set standard, he added.

The student unions have drawn attention of Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel towards the urgency for taking immediate steps to ensure that the directive was enforced, Lamichhane said.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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