Dalit students deprived of free education
UDAYAPUR, June 27: Students from Dalit communities in this district
are increasingly dropping out as schools have been charging high fees
despite the government´s policies to provide them free education.
According to Pandu Pariyar, vice-president of Dalit Network Udayapur,
the Dalit students have not even been able to afford fees in community
schools, let alone the private ones.
"Schools charge high fees on the pretext of examinations, sports and
other activities even as the state provides for a completely free
education to children from Dalit communities," Pandu said.
Some schools are even found to have misappropriated the budget
allotted by the government for free-ships to the Dalit students.
Bagaha Secondary School of Triyuga Municipality and Belhi Primary
School of Sundarpur-8 have been only giving Rs 170 out of Rs 360 that
is allotted for each Dalit student.
"The schools say they keep the amount as examination fees," said Supar
Bahadur Nepali, president of Dalit Society Welfare Association
Udayapur. "They argue that they can not provide free education to
School Inspector of District Education Office Udayapur Jas Bahadur
Karki said the Education Regulations stipulate not to take tuition
fees from students. "But it does not specify waiver on other fees."
"We have been working on a set of strategies to cater to the demands
of Dalit communities regarding free education," said Local Development
Officer Mohan Nath Maskey.
Published on 2010-06-27 19:56:57
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