Kathmandu: Thousands of schools and colleges have been forced shut in Nepal by youth political activists in protest against alleged irregularities and `foreign` names of institutions.
Different sister and youth wings affiliated to as many as 17 political parties have joined a massive protest, and forced academic institutions under the Higher Secondary Education Council and Council of Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) to close.
The latest protests came after allegations of irregularities surfaced in colleges under CTEVT.
The Youth Association Nepal, affiliated to CPN-UML, the Nepal Students Union, affiliated to Nepali Congress, and the All Nepal National Free Students Union among others, have joined the protest affecting studies of thousands of colleges.
The CTEVT has been accused of raising arbitrary fees and dispatching question papers for examination outside the Kathmandu Valley before time.
Also high on the demands of protesters is rechristening of colleges and schools which have `English` names.
They are also demanding that institutions maintain quality of educational and provide scholarship to economically weaker students.
NSU President Ranjit Karna warned they would intensify protests if the demands were not met.
ANNFSU President Madhav Dhungel said that the closure of colleges was required for ending irregularities in the sector.