Kathmandu: Nepal on Tuesday said it asked five private schools that teach Indian curriculum to stop new admissions to regulate the education sector.
"The schools running courses under Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of India are required to take permission from the Ministry of Education and we have taken steps to regulate these educational institutions," said Mahshram Sharma, the spokesperson at the Ministry.
The District Education Office in Kathmandu has recently sent letters to five private schools teaching the Indian courses not to take admission for the new academic session beginning April without taking permission from the Education Ministry.
These five schools include, Modern Indian School, Rai School, Alok Vidyashram, Rupy`s International School and Chadbagh School, all situated in Kathmandu.
Over 6,000 students are enrolled in some 14 private schools in Nepal teaching Indian curriculum and CBSE courses. The Indian government grants scholarships to more than 2,000 Nepalese students every year.
Although these schools are running CBSE courses after taking `No Objection Letter` from the Embassy of India and duly registering at the Chief District Office, they were not informed about taking permission from the Education Ministry for running Indian courses, said KP Pandey, Principal of Rai School.
These schools were also frequently targeted by pro-Maoist students and teachers unions for teaching Indian courses, claiming that it would harm national interest.
Recently, the DAV Sushil Kedia Higher Secondary School, which is also run under the CBSE, has been targeted by students and teachers unions affiliated to the CPN-Maoist, the breakaway faction of the Unified CPN-Maoist, apparently for teaching Indian subjects.
Last year, CPN-Maoist banned the screening of Indian movies and the entry of vehicles with Indian number plates into Nepal.
Sharma said the Ministry is also in touch with the Indian Embassy for regulating these schools and the matter is being taken at diplomatic level.
According to education experts, Nepal annually spends over 60 billion rupees for sending its students to India and abroad for pursuing quality education. The number of students going to India has surged by 2,000 to 3,000 for the past couple of years due to disturbances facing the local schools.