Nepal Maoists Lock Up School For Including Indian Syllabus

KATHMANDU (TIP): Teachers backed by the breakaway CPNMaoistfaction in Nepal have forcibly shut down a local schoolallegedly for including Indian course syllabus as part of theircurriculum.Some 3,000 students have been left in the lurch after the DAVSushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati Higher Secondary School situatedin Lalitpur district was locked up by the school’s teachers’ unionaffiliated to CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Vaidya, the breakawayfaction of UCPN-Maoist.

Although the teachers’ union apparently acted in protestagainst the sacking of two teachers of the school, the schoolmanagement says the real reason behind the closure is theinclusion of India’s CBSE course syllabus in the schoolcurriculum.The teachers’ union have locked up the school since January 6,according to the management.They have also threatened retaliation if the locks are openedwith the help of administration.There are some 14 schools in Nepal which have beenconducting CBSE examinations for more than a decade.

The teachers’ union has been threatening schools againstincluding Indian curriculum saying that it goes against thenational interest.They have also demanded scrapping of the CBSEexaminations.”We are trying to hold dialogue with the agitating teachers andwe hope that the issue will be settled through dialogue,” saidprincipal of the school, Bhubaneshwari Rao.Last year, CPN-Maoist had imposed a ban on screening ofIndian movies and entry of vehicles with Indian number plates.

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