Education Commission report draws mixed opinions

- RSS, Kathmandu

Jan 26, 2019-

The report prepared by the High Level Education Commission aimed at setting a “broad education policy” has drawn mixed reactions from the stakeholders. Speaking at an interaction held in the Capital on Friday, former minister for Education and commission member Dhaniram Poudel claimed that the report had offered ecommendations and plans for reform in the education sector and urged the stakeholders and experts for its earliest implementation. 

With the private sector also taking the idea of reforming the public school positively, the report had given a positive message of national consensus, he said. 

The report submitted by a 24-member commission headed by Minister for Education, Science and Technology to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on January 15 is under study. 

The report aims to enhance the quality of education in the public school while seeking to end the commercialisation of education and make private schools more service-oriented. 

It suggests that the children of those drawing salaries from the state coffers should enroll their children in the public schools. 

Associations as the Department of Education National Centre for Education Development (NCED), Nepal Teachers’ Associations, Community School Management Committee among others were positive on the report, while umbrella organisations of private schools have expressed dissenting views on the report. 

As the prime minister has already returned the report to the ministry with directives, the report will go into the implementation phase, Spokesperson for the ministry Baikuntha Prasad Aryal said.

Welcoming the report, Viswa Niketan Secondary School’s Principal Heramba Raj Kandel said it had given opportunities to the community schools to enhance the quality of education. 

Nil Barahi Secondary School’s Principal Januka Nepal said community schools’ reform could be realised if their teachers and principals were responsible and hardworking. 

Commission’s member and educationist Bidyanath Koirala expressed his confidence that the report would be brought into effect as it had owned the draft of the Education Commission prepared by the erstwhile government. 

The Private and Boarding School’s Organisation Nepal (PABSON) was, however, 

critical of the report. The organisation’s General Secretary Rajendra Baniya said it had pose a threat to the existence of the private schools as its preliminary report had suggested the private schools should be converted into a trust in 10 years. He said they were readyto orient private schools on services if commercial rights were granted to them.

Published: 26-01-2019 07:19

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