Madhav Prasad Sapkota [who?]
The students' wing of our organisation has just concluded its historic 15th convention. Every decision taken in this convention has been made public through various means. The most important decisions were that the students would accept the Prachanda Path and Maoism as their guiding principles, and that they would play an active part in the "people's revolution". The state of the education sector is one issue on everyone's minds these days. In fact, even right before the convention, everyone was curious to know what line would be taken concerning the private and commercially-run education sector. Even people who did not understand the position taken by the student wing started publicising it.
The nation is in a state of war, and so the situation keeps changing. Since education is a very important area, it is only natural that it will be directly affected by the situation of the country. Our party has always raised its voice against the privatisation and commercialisation of education, and it is in this context that you have to understand our stance.
We have to realise that the present system is a multi-party constitutional monarchy. So all governments that work within this system have to work for the benefit of the monarchy. This means that until the present system is not completely destroyed, we will not be able to completely liberate the education sector. The main goal of our student wing is to establish a revolutionary education system once we come to power.
We demand that private schools should be handed over to the government. At the moment, we are involved in handing over private schools to local communities, and they will later be brought under government control. Education is the responsibility of the government, and it must never back out of this duty. We want education that will benefit society, not schools that are run with the intention of turning a profit. Education must be provided free of cost and work for the well-being of all society.
On the issue of giving schools back to communities, we have said that any person can start a community fund and then a school, but not to make money off it. Anyone can work for the benefit of society. Education must be a social service, it must work for the benefit of society. This was the stand taken at the recently concluded convention of our students' wing. .