Print Edition - 2014-09-02 | Nation
2 dozen public schools in Bhaktapur opt for merger
Sep 1, 2014-In what appears to be fading faith of general public in public schools, around 18 percent of such schools from Bhaktapur are opting for merger after the students enrollment in these schools decreased significantly.
District Education Office (DEO) Bhaktapur has decided to merge some of the government schools in the current fiscal year as the total enrollment in these schools went below the double digit figure. Of the 137 government schools, 24 will be merged due to lack of minimal presence of the students in those schools. According to District Education Officer Rama Kant Sharma, around half a dozen such schools from the districts did not have a single enrollment in the current fiscal year. Mahakali Primary School and Nareshwori Primary School at Chhaling and Bhim Primary School and Jana Bikash Primary School at Gundu are some of the schools which could not get a single student enrollment for the last two years.
Though the number of private schools in the district is soaring each year, a majority among 642 public schools from the Valley have been failing to attract students. The numbers of private and institutional schools stands at 1,400 in the Valley at present. The data maintained by DEO, Latipur and Kathmandu shows that over a dozen such community schools from these two districts have been closed after the student-teacher ratio went below 1:1. Despite government investing billions, public schools have not been able to deliver quality education, which is the main reason why increasing number of students opt for private schools.
The continuous downfall in the enrollment of students in these schools has prompted the government to prioritise the school merger plan through the national budget. The government has set a target to merge at least 200 schools in the current fiscal year as the number of students in the school level declined by more than 300,000 in just two years.
A flash report-document presenting overall statistics of school education-published by Department of Education shows the number of students has declined by 317,084 since the academic session 2011. It showed 7,444,134 were enrolled into the school system in 2011 which fell by 166,202 to 7,277,932 in the next academic session. During the last academic session, the number went further down by 150,882 to 7,127,050 though net enrolment while number of schools and class promotion rate went up significantly.
Licence of 50 schools to be scrapped
DEO Bhaktapur is preparing to scrap the licence of 50 private schools which did not come in operation even after acquiring the permission. According to Sharma, the decision was taken as the tendency to hold the license to make the money by selling them later increased in the district. The DEO also has booked Sarash Pathsala at Chittapol, which was running up to grade seven without acquiring the license and Rosham Boarding School which was found teaching three grades inside a single classroom.
Published: 02-09-2014 09:24