Government to regulate scholarship distribution

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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The government is introducing a new system to select deserving students for institutional schools’ scholarships from the new academic session. 

Keeping in view complaints about misuse of scholarship quotas, the Department of Education (DoE) is making preparations to introduce a fresh process to govern scholarships that private schools distribute. 

According to the Education Act, every private academic institution should provide scholarships to poor and deserving students. They should provide full scholarship to 10 per cent of the total enrolled students in each class, according to the Act. The new process is expected to make the selection of students more transparent and fair, something which the recently issued Institutional School Criteria and Operation Directives-2013 has envisioned. Tek Narayan Panday, DoE director, said the institutional schools will have to select deserving students in two ways once the new scholarship regime takes effect. 

“The schools will select seven per cent of the students, while district education offices will recommend the remaining candidates,” he said. He said the schools should put up scholarship notices either on their notice boards or publish notices in newspapers to invite applications. “Names of the top three students will be forwarded to DEOs concerned for recommendation,” he said. 

Babu Ram Pokharel, president of the Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation, Nepal (PABSON), said, “If a student fails in exam or does not show consistency in performance, his/her scholarship will be handed over to other deserving student,” he said. 

As per the new process, the schools will have to submit the names of students securing fourth and fifth positions to the DEOs, so that the latter can adjust these students in other schools where scholarship seats are available. 

According to the Institutional School Criteria and Operation Directives-2013, the schools should not charge monthly fees from a student, who secures first position in the final exam and should provide 50 per cent discount in fees to the student, who secures the second position.

Source: Himalayantimes, published on March 23