Interim Order to Prohibit the Collection of Fees from Students

  October 19, 2022 By: INSEC

Janakpur High Court’s Temporary Bench Birganj issued an interim on October 31, against the administrator of Shree Nirshing Secondary School, Lakshmanwa Metropolitan City -15, prohibiting the collection of fees from school students.

A writ petition was filed by a local parent Krishna Kumar Kurmi, Pipra Metropolitan City-14, demanding an interim order as Shree Nirshing Secondary Scholl was collecting fees from students for teaching the students in English medium.

According to Article 31 of the Constitution of Nepal 2072, every citizen is constitutionally provided with the right to free basic-level and secondary-level education. Kurmi filed a writ on the basis of the right to free education as a fundamental right.

The school has been charging 900 to 1300 rupees per month from parents of students studying in English Medium from class 6 onwards. According to school principal Binod Metha, the fee was collected as voluntary financial support, to make arrangements for English Medium education, with the consent of parents.

Metha informed that the financial support was being taken in the form of 900 rupees for students of class 6 and 300 rupees for each class other than class.

The court has scheduled a hearing on November second, ordering the school to attend the hearing with a written response. The interim order was issued until the date of the scheduled hearing.

Krishna Chandra Lamicchane