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Preparation to train education counsellors
Nov 29, 2014-
The Ministry of Education (MoE) is preparing to train education counsellors across the country to ensure that the students planning to go abroad for higher studies receive proper counselling service. The decision comes at a time when the education consultancies have been facing criticism for their lack of qualified counsellors.
Dillishwor Pradhan, chief of the Department of Scholarship and Foreign Education under the MoE, said they were in the process of finalising the guidelines and curriculum for the training, which will be conducted in different phases starting from Kathmandu.
It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 education and language institutes in the country offering counselling service.
According to Pradhan, the MoE is also planning to set up a monitoring mechanism to oversee the performance of education consultancies. Stating that the MoE has already enforced Educational Consultancy Service and Language Teaching Directives, he said that all education consultancies that are registered under the Office of Company Registrar will be brought under the ministry.
Till date, 425 education consultancies have applied for approval at the MoE.
“We have already monitored some 85 consultancies for approval,” Pradhan said. “Only those institutes that meet the criteria set by the Directives will get the approval for operation.”
Records at the MoE show that the number of students going abroad for higher studies is increasing every year. In the fiscal year 2013/14, a total of 28,126 students applied for No Objection certificate, which is the highest recorded number of students applying for abroad studies. In the previous fiscal, 16,499 students had applied for No Objection certificate.
Published: 30-11-2014 10:11