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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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