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Nepal Maoists lock up school for including Indian syllabus

KATHMANDU (PTI): Teachers backed by the breakaway CPN-Maoist faction in Nepal have forcibly shut down a local school allegedly for including Indian course syllabus as part of their curriculum.

Some 3,000 students have been left in the lurch after the DAV Sushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati Higher Secondary School situated in Lalitpur district was locked up by the school’s teachers’ union affiliated to CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Vaidya, the breakaway faction of UCPN-Maoist.

Although the teachers’ union apparently acted in protest against the sacking of two teachers of the school, the school management says the real reason behind the closure is the inclusion of India’s CBSE course syllabus in the school curriculum.

The teachers’ union have locked up the school since January 6, according to the management.

They have also threatened retaliation if the locks are opened with the help of administration.

There are some 14 schools in Nepal which have been conducting CBSE examinations for more than a decade.

The teachers’ union has been threatening schools against including Indian curriculum saying that it goes against the national interest.

They have also demanded scrapping of the CBSE examinations.

“We are trying to hold dialogue with the agitating teachers and we hope that the issue will be settled through dialogue,” said principal of the school, Bhubaneshwari Rao.

Last year, CPN-Maoist had imposed a ban on screening of Indian movies and entry of vehicles with Indian number plates.

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