Kathmandu: Private schools are set to start enrolling students with social distance from June 7 after the government mentioned in its policy, program and budget that the teaching of this academic session will be carried out through virtual and online methods. Private and Residential School Organizations Nepal (PABSON), National Private and Residential Schools Association (N-PABSON), National Parents Federation, Institutional School Teachers Union (ISTU) and other organizations issued a joint statement on Friday.
In a speech addressed to the nation by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on June 29, the organization announced that it would move ahead with the new academic year. The Ministry of Technology has not made any decision in this regard.
Admission to all community schools will be open only after the decision of the ministry. The ministry had issued a press release on April 7 appealing not to take new recruits in any class or level until further notice. The ministry also requested that no fees be charged in the name of admission or online classes.
The private school management organization has requested the Government of Nepal to make arrangements for the new academic session by attending the school and to make arrangements for training / orientation of the teaching staff. The organizations have also demanded from the government to facilitate the transportation of textbooks, define virtual / online classrooms as formal classes, give recognition to regular education as well as exemptions on import of necessary materials, electricity tariffs and internet charges. Private schools have requested to consider the basis for determining the fee if the lesson is completed