How to choose the right school for your child?

2019-03-22

Satchit Ghimire


Every parent wants the best possible education for their child and choosing a school to enroll their child is one of the important decision they take. The school that you choose for your child will have a huge influence on their overall development. So, choosing the right school will be rewarding for you and your child's future. 

As, schools are Mushrooming in the Country, finding the best fit for your child is most relevant than ever. Many factors to be considered and careful planning is a must while selecting the school. This blog is written to help you to choose a great school for your child.


School Education in Nepal:

History:

The Schooling in Nepal can be traced back to ancient times when the privileged citizens of the Nation used to get knowledge from home education or Gurukuls. However, the modern Schooling System started in Nepal when then Rana Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana established Durbar High School in 1892 A.D. after his visit to the United Kingdom (UK) to teach the members of the Ruling Family. Sources say that Junga Bdr. Rana was embarrassed for not being able to speak in English and he opened the School so that his children can learn English.

The establishment of Durbar High School marked the start of modern education here in Nepal. Although Dev Shumsher established some schools in the country before being dethroned from the Post of Shree Teen Maharaja (Prime Minister) by his brothers, the education at that very time was not their right but a privilege for all Nepalese citizens. 

With the dawn of Democracy in 2007 B.S., the Schools/ Colleges were finally opened to the general public. Nepalese Education is a three-tier education system from Primary School to University which was inspired from the Indian Education System which was in fact adapted from the UK (then British East India Company).

Current State:

According to the Educational Act of Nepal the Schooling in Nepal comprises of two levels:

  1. Basic Level Education (BLE)
  2. Secondary Level Education

1. Basic Level Education (BLE): 

The Basic Level Education (BLE) spans from Nursery to Grade 8. The Basic Level Education is bifurcated into two Levels namely Primary (From Grade 1 to 5) and Lower Secondary (From Grade 6 to Grade 8). The students are also required to give Basic Level Examination (BLE) in Grade 8.

2. Secondary Level Education

The Secondary Education in Nepal comprises from Class 9 to 12. Students are required to pass the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) in grade 10 conducted by the National Examination Board, Nepal. After the completion of SEE, students can opt for 10+2 programs, A levels, Diploma / Certificate Level programs, etc.

Apart from regular school, there is a provision for vocational and technical education in Nepali education system. Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) offers more than 51 Diploma/Certificate/ TSLC programs in Nepal. These programs are skill-oriented and aim to recognize the different skills, passion, and expertise of the students at an early age and prepare them for work.

After the completion of Secondary Level, students can enroll in various Universities of Nepal and abroad. 

Before Basic Level Education, toddlers are enrolled in Pre-School (Popularly known as Montessori Schools), which sets the foundation to start formal Schooling. The Montessori System of Education spans from Play Group to Upper Kindergarten (UKG).

The factors to be considered while selecting the school are:

1. Location:

Location of the school is important while selecting the school for your child. Think properly that you want your child to attend the school from a walking distance from your home or how far you wanna drive your child to school or your child will be using the School's transportation system. 

2. Visit potential Schools:

Each parent should do research about the schools for their children. You can also find reliable information about schools along with their contact numbers, and location at edusanjal. Apart from finding information related to schools online, parents must visit the School whenever possible. 

During those visits, please examine the infrastructures of the school like Playground, Classrooms, Bathrooms, etc. along with the pedagogical practices. You can also ask the related questions to School personnel to get in-depth information. The more you learn about the schools, the better decision you can make. Don't leave any questions unanswered.

3. Consider the education quality:

You can not ignore the academic part while choosing the School. Compare the ranks/ GPAs etc of that school with another school, also try to find out how their best students have performed in higher education. Remember that GPAs are not sole determiners of academic excellence, so do consider a broader array of indicators while examining the education quality.

Ask for recommendations!

You may have known to many people who have enrolled their children in these schools. You can ask them about the education quality of this school but do trust your own instincts.

4. Teachers do matter:

William Arthur Ward says, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires". The connection between the child and the teacher matters the most in learning, especially in School. Good teachers can expedite the learning process among their students.

5. Consider the Finance:

Suppose 'X' School is the right fit for your child but enrolling your child in this school triggers financial complications for the whole family. 

Should you proceed forward? 

Probably not. As there are thousands of Schools across the country, you can easily find the proper alternative which will be the best for both your family as well as your child.

Many of the middle-class parents hesitate to enroll their child in Governmental and Communal schools. There are are many Governmental /Communal schools in the country that are imparting quality education even when compared to the reputed private schools. 

6. Consider the infrastructure:

It is always a great idea to send your child to the Schools with excellent infrastructures. The state-of-the-art facilities like well-equipped labs, resourceful Library, well-ventilated classrooms, playgrounds will enrich the academic environment in the School and contributes to the holistic development of the Children.

Having said this we are not denying the fact that creative and hardworking students will perform well in any pedagogy.

7. Curriculum:

Here in Nepal, the schools offer education in different curricula of different Boards like the National Examination Board (NEB),  International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, CBSE etc. Make sure what courses/subjects (both core and elective) are being taught in these programs and which curriculum will be best for you and your child.

8. Apply to the Short-listed Schools for admission:

Once you select the best school(s) for your child, apply to those schools. In most of the Schools, your child has to give an entrance examination for admission and admission will be given according to the merit list. We request you to apply for more than one school because in case your child is denied to enroll in the school of the first choice, he can still opt for other schools as well. 

9. Do not forget to apply for Scholarships whenever possible:

Almost all Schools of Nepal offer attractive Scholarships to the needy and deserving students. Many of this Scholarship go unclaimed every year. Reach out to the School Management, ask them if they have provisions of scholarships and apply wherever possible. As they say "Early bird catches the worm", avoid the last minute rush and apply as early as possible.

As they say, "Home is the first School and parents are the first teachers." Enrolling your child in the right school is another stepping stone for your child in the journey of thousand miles. Best of luck!