Education a must to improve living standards, say leaders

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Leaders of various political parties today stressed that education should be given priority in the federal state to improve the living standards of Nepalis.

Addressing a two-day workshop on “Education in Federal State Nepal”, organised by All Nepal Teachers’ Organisation, UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said education would help improve the status of Nepalis through wisdom, innovation and creation.

He said that education should cultivate respect towards labour, adding, “The state should take full responsibility for educating everyone without any discrimination on the basis of geography, culture and other aspects.”

He also sought radical changes to the existing education system to do away with recurring problems.

Mahendra Bahadur Panday, Chief of Education Department of CPN-UML, underscored the importance of education that is directly related to life.

Panday said: “Education in the federal system should ease life and create new dimensions.”

Guna Raj Lohani, president of ANTO, said they were currently campaigning for reforms in the education sector.

He said: “We are campaigning for all government employees to send their children to community schools instead of private schools.”

He further said they were pressurising party’s central committee leaders to set an example by sending their children to community schools.

Educationist Dr Bidhya Nath Koirala stressed that open education is a must these days. “Open education is the need of the hour,” he said, adding, “Media can be utilised to disseminate educational information to public.”

(Source: The Himalayan Times)