The half-a-decade-old row over schools operating in Nepal under India’s CBSE system is about to get resolved, with authorities here issuing a three-month deadline for them to get recognised under the Nepalese government, in a regulation likely to benefit 15,000 students.
The Ministry of Education here issued a notice yesterday, asking the schools running under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) system to register themselves within three months to get recognition from Nepal government, according to sources in the ministry.
The MoE has asked the schools to register themselves before the end of the current academic session. It has also warned that schools not registering themselves within three months would not be allowed to take new admissions in the fresh academic session.
Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel told reporters: “If any school affiliated to CBSE fails to come under the government’s purview, they would be barred from taking admissions in the new academic session.”
There are some 15 schools in Nepal operating under CBSE system and except the Kendriya Vidyalaya operating within the premises of the Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, the rest are running without registering themselves with the MoE as there was no such provision in the Nepalese education law.
Some of these schools are also run by Indian-origin people.
However, after years of efforts by these schools and at an initiative taken by the Indian Embassy, the Nepalese government has finally agreed to register these schools and issued the notice to this effect.
“We take positively the government’s notice and our school will soon apply for registration in the Ministry of Education,” said Bhuvaneshwori Rao, principal of DAV Sushil Bishwobharati Higher Secondary School, a prominent school in Lalitpur district here operating under the CBSE system.
“Now our schools will not face any hassles from the authorities once it is registered under the Education Ministry,” pointed out Rao.
The new regulation will benefit some 15,000 students enrolled in the schools functioning under the CBSE system.
There are six such schools running in Kathmandu alone.
The rest are operational in districts outside Kathmandu.
Earlier, a technical committee formed under the coordination of Education Secretary Bishwo Prakash Pandit had prepared a report recommending the government to regulate schools running CBSE curriculum in Nepal.
The report was presented in the Cabinet on January 1. The Cabinet had forwarded the report to its Social Committee for further study.
The Committee approved the report yesterday, according to Pokharel.
The first CBSE school had started operation in Nepal some three decades ago. Not only Indians, but many Nepalese students are also enrolled in these schools.