RAJBIRAJ, FEBRUARY 10
Just days after a relay hunger strike demanding the election of a new school management committee and an investigation into financial irregularities at a school in Dakneshwori township, Saptari, a protest began with similar demands to another local level of the district.
Today, guards at Shree Laxmi Ballav Narasingh Senior Secondary School in Babhangamakatti, Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality padlocked the school principal’s office and accounts section for school irregularities.
Guardians accused the school of unilaterally forming a school management committee by ignoring standard procedures and criteria and appointing staff on the basis of whims.
“We raised our voice against the various bad things happening in the school and informed the principal and the members of the office of the school management committee, but since they did not take into account our concerns, we had to act with firmness,” local guardian Upendra Yadav said.
Another tutor, Prakash Mandal, claimed that there were widespread irregularities on several fronts, including in the formation of the school’s management committee in the appointment of staff and the construction of physical infrastructure.
They demanded a high level investigation.
Meanwhile, the relay hunger strike at SLP secondary school in Dakneshwori in Patthargadh which started last week to demand the election of a new school management committee and an investigation into financial irregularities ended yesterday.
The strike ended following an agreement with the school that the election of a new school management committee would take place soon, according to Dakneshwori Municipality Mayor Shivanarayan Sah.
A version of this article appears in the February 11, 2022 printing of The Himalayan Times.