Education sector monitoring begins


Himalayan News Service

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The Ministry of Education (MoE) today launched a ‘National Monitoring Campaign for Academic Improvement-2011’ with a view to giving valuable inputs to stakeholders to improve the quality of education.

At the campaign launch, Education Minister Ganga Lal Tuladhar said the ministry will form different high-level committees for a nationwide monitoring of academic activities.

He warned that the committees will take action against the teachers, district education officers and other stakeholders if they are found violating rules governing the education sector.

“With impunity on the rise, regular monitoring is not enough to improve the quality of education,” Tuladhar said, stressing the need for such committees for quality education. He said the campaign will take stock of the education sector for a year.

“We will use the regular monitoring budget and ask the government for more funds if the need arises,” he said.

Rose Nath Pande, deputy spokesperson, MoE, informed that the ministry has begun selecting coordinators and other members of the panels.

Pande informed that MoE joint secretaries are busy discussing the action plan for the education sector monitoring.

He said they plan to form two types of committees — national level committee under the leadership of education minister and zonal committees with joint secretaries of the ministry at the helm.

According to Pandey, the panels will comprise representatives from the Home Ministry and the National Vigilance Centre.

The government move comes at a time when the Education Review Office under the Education Ministry, tasked with monitoring educational activities, preparing reports and submitting recommendation to the government, has remained dysfunctional due to various reasons.

If the monitoring campaign becomes successful, Education Review Office will be turned into an autonomous body to give continuity to the committees’ works.