High-level panel to draft new education policy

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 3, 2015-

Following parliamentary committee directives, the Education Ministry is preparing to form a high-level commission to draft a new education policy that fits into the changing political context.

On December 28, the parliamentary committee on Women, Children, Senior Citizen and Social Welfare had directed the ministry to form the committee for the purpose.

A majority lawmakers from the committee had assessed the need for a commission to draft the new policy. Despite various programmes being launched to revamp the education sector, the government is yet to come up a guiding policy. “It has been more than 15 years since the last education policy was drafted. It is high time that the government developed a new policy to guide the education sector in the changing context,” said Ganesh Man Gurung, coordinator at the Education Sub-Committee.

According to ministry sources, plans are afoot to form the commission under Kedar Bhakta Mathema, former vice-chancellor of Tribhuvan University (TU) and a renowned education expert in the country. A report on the revamping School Leaving Certificate examination, drafted a decade ago by another Mathema-led committee, is considered an excellent plan though it is yet to be implemented.

Five different education commissions have been formed since 1950, with the latest being the one under Devi Prasad Ojha in 1998. But the change in government saw it being restructured under the leadership of then Education Minister Kul Bahadur Gurung.

Published: 04-01-2015 09:22

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