Tuesday, June 1, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: Dalit girl denied exams for failing to pay fees



Dalit girl denied exams for failing to pay fees


MAHENDRANAGAR, May 31: A dalit girl has been prevented from appearing
in exams for failing to pay tuition fees by Janaki Kanya Higher
Secondary School in Mahendranagar.

Bishna Tiruwa was denied admit card by the school for failing to pay
tuition fees of Grade XI. She returned crying from the examination
center at Ghatal Higher Secondary School Sunday morning after she was
denied from appearing in the exam.

The poor girl had studied at Janaki School since the first grade and
her secondary level fees were waived by the school. The school had
promised to waive Grade XI fees as well.

The school had requested Kanchanpur District Education Office for
scholarship to Tiruwa and her classmates Laxmi Dagaura, Kusum Pahari
and Laxmi Bista. The education office had also sent recommendations to
the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) to provide scholarships to

"I was sure that the fees will be waived and was busy with exam
preparations. But when I went to get the admit card, they said they
would provide one only after I pay the annual tuition fee. They asked
Rs 3,750 from me," she rued.

She had stayed at the school till late Saturday evening in hope that
the school will relent but principal Shakti Bista refused to budge.
The girl had not talked about the admit card at home and the family
knew only after she returned crying Sunday.

The family went to the school for the admit card Monday but principal
Bista sought written commitment to pay the dues within 15 days,
according to her elder sister Rekha.

Meanwhile, the dalit student has lodged a written complaint in
Kanchanpur District Administration Office seeking action against the

Published on 2010-05-31 22:50:50

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