School shut for over three months
BAJURA, SEP 03 -
Sporadic clashes between two student organisations have taken their tolls on about 650 students at Pandusen-based Satya Secondary School in the district.
The school has been shut for the past three months due to nasty disputes between the activists of Nepal Students’ Union (NSU) and All Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU), the student organisations affiliated with Nepali Congress and CPN-UML respectively.
“We have no any alternative other than closing the school for an unidentified period due to the escalating tension between the two student organisations,” said Nanda Bahadur Rokaya, chairman of the school management committee. He said the school administration and the management committee tried time and again to resolve the dispute but to no avail.
The NSU and ANNFSU activists clashed on the school premises on June 4 that triggered sporadic clashes. The school has remained shut since the very day apparently to avert any untoward incident.
The ANNFSU claimed that NSU activists attacked its members who reached the school on June 4 to expand its organisation.
On the other hand, the NSU said that seven of its members sustained serious injuries as ANNFSU activists attacked them in retaliation a week ago. The school management said the NSU and ANNFSU activists clashed after the former padlocked the school.
The situation exacerbated as the mother parties instigated the incident. The UML charged that Janak Shahi and Manarup Bohara, teachers at the school, induced the NC activists and NSU students to attack on ANNFSU activists. The teacher duo, however, refused the allegation.
The dispute has not been resolved as both groups are firm at their own stance. The UML has been demanding action against the “guilty” teachers. But the NC said it cannot accept any action against them on any pretexts.
When asked, the District Education Office said that it had taken initiatives to resolve the problem and reopen the school at the earliest.
Posted on: 2012-09-03 08:15