DoE seeks data within two weeks

  • school merger plan
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 17, 2015-

The Department of Education (DoE) has directed all District Education Offices (DEO) to present the data of schools to be merged in current fiscal year within two weeks.

The DoE directed its subordinate bodies to evaluate the enrolments in the public schools under their watch and report about the schools that could be merged.

Issuing a public notice on Monday, the department has asked to table a detail report about schools with poor enrolment record by March 3. Concerned by the dwindling enrolments, the government has prioritised the merger plan to save the state expenditure. It has set a target to merge at least 200 schools in the current fiscal year as the number of school children declined by more than 300,000 in just two years. According the Economic Survey 2014, the number of students in the schools has been declining every year since 2012.

A total of 7.44 million students were enrolled into grade one through 10 in the academic year 2012 which decreased by 166,202 to around 7.27 million in the last fiscal year. The survey shows the number dipped further by 150,882 to 7.12 million this year.

This fiscal, the three DEOs in the Valley have planned to merge around three dozen schools where the enrolments are almost equal to the number of teachers. The Bhaktapur DEO alone is preparing to merge 22 public schools this year.

The government has also come up with School Merger Directive in the wake of dramatic dip in enrolments in hundreds of public schools across the country.

The directive envisions that any two or more schools lacking the minimum enrolment of students can be merged or set up a new school or even shut down altogether if there are no merger options. However, the schools to be merged must be within the walking distance of 15 minutes.

Published: 18-02-2015 06:53

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