Mandatt Rawal, JUMLA: A writ petition has been filed at High Court Surkhet after the schools in Humla, Dolpa, Kalikot, Mugu and Jumla districts of Karnali State did not get textbooks for students even after three weeks of the new academic year. The writ was filed at Jumla bench of the High Court demanding mandamus order in line with Article 46 (144) of the Constitution.
After the mainstream media ran news stories that the schools in the Karnali districts were deprived of textbooks despite the beginning of the new academic year, INSEC Karnali state office, Surkhet, filed the petition demanding a mandamus order against the concerned authorities.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Singha Durbar; Education and Human Resources Development Centre, Sanothimi, Bhaktpur; National Curriculum Development and Evaluation Council and Janak Education Material Centre have been made defendants in the writ petition.
Even the Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers in Karnali State, concerned ministry and directorate and education development and coordination units in Jumla, Mugu, Dolpa, Humla and Kalikot have been named as defendants.
Advocate Padam Bahadur Sahi, who filed the petition, observed, “It is worrying that the stakeholders of education sectors failed to pay heed to such pressing problem though the media exposed the deprivation of school books.”
INSEC Karnali state coordinator Narayan Subedi stated that the writ was filed after the major media outlets brought the stories on not reaching books despite the passage of three weeks since the launch of new academic year.
Meanwhile, Bishnu Lal Rokaya, principal at Kailash Secondary School, Fungra, from Sinja rurual municipality of Jumla, said although textbooks for other Grades were available, Grade 1 students are still waiting for books. He wondered why the books for Grade 1 were not supplied on time.
The mountainous districts in Karnali State run the annual academic session from Magh 25 to Mangsir end. RSS
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