Education Sector Yet to Improve

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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The Education Ministry officials today said the government was yet to take serious steps to improve the quality of school education in Nepal.

Speaking at a programme organised by CPN-UML-aligned All Nepal National Free Students Union, Dr Lekhnath Poudel, MoE undersecretary, said though access to school education had improved, qualitative progress was yet to be achieved.

He said, “the number of students increased to 420,000 in 2010 from 250 in 1950 but we are yet to see any qualitative progress.”

According to Dr Poudel, the Net Enrollment Rate in primary schools is 94.5 per cent while in basic level (Grade I-VIII) it is 86 per cent. Likewise, NER in secondary level (Grade IX to X) is 46.5 per cent while in higher secondary it is 46.5 per cent. 

Along with higher enrollment rate, drop out rate is also high, he added.

He said, “Class repetition rate in Grade I is 22.6 per cent while drop out rate is 8.3 per cent,” adding, “Which clarifies that school education system is not satisfactory.”

He further stated that though School Sector Reform Plan had tried to overhaul education system, it faced difficulties during implementation. Other speakers said education should not be limited to only books.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)