From The Nepali Press
Nepal Samacharpatra, 13 June
FROM ISSUE #252 (17 JUNE 2005 - 23 JUNE 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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JHAPA-The debate on the king and queen's photographs in textbooks has distrupted schooling in eastern Nepal. The Maoists have ordered schools to tear out the pages containing the photographs of King Gyanendra and Queen Komal in the new curriculum. In Jhapa, Morang, Illam, Panchthar and other districts, Maoists burst into classrooms while in session, snatched away books and tore out the pages bearing the portraits. This has terrorised many students and teachers. According to Nepal National Teachers' Association's Jhapa district President Bonidananda Jha, the Maoists have used the portraits of the royal couple as an excuse to terrorise the schools. Teachers say that the Maoists have threatened to take action against them if the rebels find any book with the photos of the king and queen still intact. They have also threatened any teacher who uses the books and have locked four bookshops.