National Pabsan is an umbrella organization of the private and boarding schools of Nepal. The organization is working for the professional security and betterment of the private and boarding schools of Nepal. Punyaraj pudasaini of www.educationrays.com have talked about the recent issues with Karna Bahadur Shahi, the chairman of National Pabsan
Educationrays.com:What are the demands of the agitating students ?
Karna Bahadur Shahi: I am in regular talks with the agitating students. They are in the hangover of the previous war and the armed struggle. They are demanding for the free education to the students whose annual income is below 240 thousands. I realized that they are not accepting the existence of the private schools. They are citing the issues of second mass movement of 2062/63 which is the effort of all. Their demands are one sided which will create the conflict between the concerned parties.
Educationrays.com: What are your stance on the issue?
Karna Bahadur Shahi: We are not able to full fill the demands. We have invested the money on our own risk based on the law, act and provision of the government. It is our moral and legal rights to ask for the return. We are providing the scholarships as per the rule of government. We are supporting the government, people and the nation by providing quality education on personal investment and risk. I woud like to request all to considered on the point . The present day is the days of democracy where you can ask for the right to property and education. I think no one could denied the contribution of the private schools.
Educationrays.com: What is your opinion on the provision of the present constitution?
Karna Bahadur Shahi: I am excited, anxious and positive about the provision. The issue of the private schools are addressed for the first time in the main law of the country. The points have clearly said to make space for the private schools. This is because of the contribution made by the private sectors.
Education rays.com: What is your opinion on the recently enacted education act ?
Karna Bahadur Shahi: I don’t see much relevance of the act as it is in the form of centralization . Our country will be on federal system according to the constitution and the act should be formulated according to that which we can not see. The provision and all the clues should be according to the new system . I demand for that and hopeful that it will take the shape in the days to come.
Educationrays.com: Isn’t it difficult for the operation of the schools as they have to upgrade up to grade 12?
Karna Bahadur Shahi: Yes it wull be difficult time regarding the manpower and the infrastructure. The schools may face different problems. But they can run the schools on different levels. Like in South Korea they can only run from 9 to 12 as elementary schools. They also can run up to grade 8 as primary schools. The examination board also be according to that. Our prime concern is about the professional security of the private schools. They should survive and contribute in the educational sector. We all are working day and night to improve the quality and standard so that we will be able to produce capable and efficient manpower.