MoE told to table new education bill immediately

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 18, 2014-

The Education Sub-committee under the Women, Children and Social Welfare Committee of the Parliament on Thursday directed the Ministry of Education (MoE) to immediately finalise the draft of the Bill for Education Act and table it in the Parliament.

Summoning Education Secretary Bishwo Prakash Pandit and the chiefs of other six departments under the ministry, the committee questioned them regarding the reason behind the delay in drafting the bill. Owing to the lack of new Education Act, the School Sector Reform Programme that is adopted as the main policy for the reformation in the school education is yet to get legal status. Similarly, the teacher management programme and enforcement of compulsory quality education too remains pending owing to the lack of legal provisions to guide them.

“It is already late. The MoE must table the bill in the parliament,” said Ganesh Man Gurung, coordinator of the sub-committee. The sub-committee also inquired about the preparation being made for the Literate Nepal Mission and progress of Janak Sikhshya Samagri Kendra to publish the school level textbooks.

Responding to the queries, Pandit said that the bill has already been forwarded to Ministry of Law and Ministry of Finance for approval and it will be tabled in the parliament once it gets the green signal from them.  

He also clarified that the MoE was working seriously to eradicate illiteracy from the country by 2015 and sought the support from the parliamentarians to make the  project a success. Apart from Pandit, Director General at Department of Education Lava Deo Awasthi and Anil Kumar Jha, managing director at Janak Shiksya Samagri Kendra, Diwakar Dhungel, chief of Curriculum Development Centre and Baburam Poudel, executive director at Non-Formal Education Centre, too, were summoned by the committee.

JSSK share of book printing cut

The government has curtailed the share of the Janak Sikshya Samagri Kendra (JSSK) and increased the jurisdiction of the private publications for the publication of the school level textbooks. A meeting of the High Level Textbook Monitoring Committee has designated the private sectors to publish the textbooks of grade One to Five while the JSSK has got the right to publish the textbooks of grade Six to Ten. Earlier, the public publication house had the sole authority to publish all the textbooks for Central, Mid-Western and Far-Western Development Region including textbooks for grade 9 and 10 for the remaining Development Regions while private publication houses were authorised for publication of textbooks for grade One to Eight for Eastern and Western Development Region.

Published: 19-09-2014 09:23

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