PABSONPrivate and Boarding Schools' Organisation Nepal
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"The number of students going to Indian institutions had decreased after the beginning of the peace process in 2006," said district chairman of PABSON, Yuvaraj Basistha.
This finally brought PABSON (Private and Boarding School Organisations of Nepal) to draft an 11-point code of conduct, implemented from January 2003 onwards, which was to reduce fees between 10% (for monthly fees below 500 NRs) and 25% (for fees above 2,000 NRs; ibid.).
According to PABSON Chairman Rajesh Khadka, who was also present at the meeting, the meeting culminated with a deal to scientifically review the fee structure as per the regulation.
"For now the fee structure that was there earlier will remain," PABSON Secretary D.K.
PABSON and National PABSON on Tuesday decided to be flexible on the issue.
The PABSON chief said the price hike and increment of teachers' salary had compelled them to increase school fees.
PABSON and National Private and Boarding Schools' Organisation of Nepal (N-PABSON) asked the agitating group to call off the indefinite closure.
President of PABSON, Rajesh Khadka said the schools were shut down in view of the security of the students and the school properties.
PABSON has claimed that it increased fees by 15 to 35 percent while N-PABSON said it was ready to review the current fees under a scientific study plan.
Interestingly, PABSON and ANNISU-R held discussions on the fee hike issue in the presence of members of the Guardians' Association Nepal and other stakeholders on Friday morning.
The committee had agreed to form a taskforce in coordination of president of GAN, Suprabhat Bhandari, representative from Laltipur DEO and representative from Lalitpur Chapter PABSON, who will conduct a detailed study on the demands made by the teachers' union and submit the final report to committee by June 8.