government has decided to form a high-level commission to draft a new education
policy that fits into current political context.
Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav decided to form the commission following directives
from the Parliamentary Committee on Women, Children, Senior Citizen and Social
Welfare on December 28 last year saying that such panel is necessary to
formulate the new policy to guide the education sector in the republican
proposed commission will be the seventh one formed to reform the education
sector after democracy was established in the country in 1950.
Lamsal, spokesperson at the Ministry of Education, said the decision was made
on Monday and preparations are under way to select its members. “The Ministry
will forward its proposal to the Cabinet after decision on all members of the
commission is made,” he said. Ministry sources said the commission will be
formed under the leadership of Kedar Bhakta Mathema, former vice-chancellor of
Tribhuvan University and a renowned education expert in the country. A report
on revamping School Leaving Certificate examination, drafted a decade ago by a
Mathema-led committee, is considered an excellent plan though it is yet to be
also heads a committee working to draft the Health Education Policy which will
guide the health education in the country, including the affiliation process of
medical colleges. Ganesh Man Gurung, coordinator of the parliamentary panel’s
Education Sub-committee, said the commission is necessary to draft a new policy
to guide the education sector in the changed political context.
said the decision to form the commission was made just to show that Yadav did
something while in term. “Reports from various commissions earlier remain
unimplemented. Therefore, it is useless to form a new commission unless there
is assurance for the implementation its recommendations,” the sources said.