The Parliamentary Committee on Women, Children, Senior Citizens and Social Welfare on Sunday directed the Ministry of Education (MoE) to make provisions to ensure higher secondary education in technical and vocational stream for students who have appeared in Technical SLC exam.
Ranju Kumari Jha, committee chairperson, said MoE officials have been directed to form a panel of education experts and submit a detail plan report within a month. SLC examinees in the technical and vocational stream are in a dilemma these days regarding higher secondary education .
Two years back, Government of Nepal had endorsed technical and vocational education in Grade IX in the pilot phase in 99 schools across the country. The first batch of 3,288 examinees — 2,037 boys and 1,251 girls had appeared in the SLC exam-2071.
Jha said, “The government had tried to play with the future of these students so the issue was discussed today and a directive was sent to the respective ministry.”School Sector Reform Plan (2009-2015) has committed to reform the education sector and incorporate Grade XI and XII in school education. It has divided school education into two categories — general stream and technical and vocational stream in principle.
Meanwhile, the Education Act of Nepal considers school education only up to Grade X and there is Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB), an autonomous body runs through HSEB Act to look after Grade XI and XII.Thus, the government needs to amend the Education Act to implement SSRP fully.
Dr Lava Deo Awasthi, chief at Division of Planning at the ministry, MoE, said they were also in a dilemma due to delay in amendment of the Education Act. He said, “We are also facing various difficulties due to lack of Education Act,” adding, “We have not been able to run higher education programmes in the technical and vocational stream in community schools.”He also expressed doubt that the curriculum and infrastructure would be developed, and human resources would be managed for this year if the act was passed. Ram Hari Lamichhane, member secretary, Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training opposed the government move to run technical education in the higher secondary level.