Kathmandu, September 29
Some organisations representing guardians of school students have demanded that the government refund them the fees they paid for secondary education examinations (SEE) scheduled to be held in March this year.
The grade-10 examinations were postponed at the eleventh hour due to Covid-19 fears. Later, the government decided to let schools themselves grade their students. Accordingly, the National Examination Board has also already published results, certifying the grades.
“Because the exams were never held, the government should return all the fees collected from students,” demands Suprabhat Bhandari, the president of the Nepal Guardians Federation, a coordinating body of various guardians’ organisations.
Each student had paid Rs 500 to the board while submitting their SEE application form. It means the government collected Rs 241.493 million from 482,986 students. In addition, the board is collecting rs 250 from each student for an SEE certificate.
Bhandari says the government should refund the amount because “it is not that the students refused to attend the exams, the government cancelled it.”