DEOs monitoring pvt schools over book-selling

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Three District Education Offices (DEOs) of the Kathmandu Valley have started monitoring private schools from Friday following a news report stating that the private schools have been selling the textbooks inside the school premises by violating government’s Education Regulation act.

The DEOs have also been monitor whether private schools are using the textbooks recognized by Curriculum Development Centre (CDC).

After the Ministry of Education (MoE) issued instruction to all DEO across the nation to monitor the schools, most of the DEOs have been closely monitoring the schools from Friday, Chitra Devkota, Acting director of CDC informed.

To monitor the private schools at Kathmandu, the Kathmandu DEO has mobilized a 14 member team from Friday which is led by Prakash Sapkota, Deputy Secretary at the DEO.

On Friday, the team visited Galaxy Public School, LRI School, Anandabhumi School, Occidental School, New Summit School, Bernhardt and others. Out of these schools, Galaxy Public School and LRI School were found to have published a notice on Thursday notifying that they would not sell books at the schools.

But other schools have not informed anything about textbooks to the guardians, Narayan Kaji Kasichawa, Chief of Private School Department informed.

He added the team would prepare a list of books being taught at the schools, which are not recognized by CDC in few days.

Likewise, DEO Lalitpur has mobilized resource persons of schools to inform it about the actual situation at the schools regarding selling of the textbooks.

DEO has mobilized the resource persons to the schools of the district in an attempt to get the information faster and to make monitoring task more economic, said Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, DEO of Lalitpur.

Earlier, the MoE had issued its instruction after some guardians complained that they were compelled to pay higher prices for the textbooks after schools made it compulsory for students to buy textbooks from the schools.

The MoE has asked the schools not to violate the Education Regulation by selling the books at the premises of the schools. Some schools are also violating the regulation by using Indian textbooks, which flow the wrong information regarding the national icons and monuments and characters.

(Source: The Rising Nepal)