MoE seeks stakeholders' input to reform education

2015-01-07

Republica National Daily

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KATHMANDU, June 30: Under fire following the widespread criticism for degrading results in public institutions from the school to university level, the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Monday called various stakeholders to suggest ways to reform the existing education policies.

Around 140 people from various governmental and non-governmental agencies, including the University Grant Commission (UGC), schools, colleges as well as technical education institutions gave numerous inputs.

Notably, they all urged the government to develop an umbrella act that would cover all the sections of the education sector.

Speaking at the program, former Vice-chancellor of Kathmandu University Suresh Raj Sharma suggested that first of all the community schools should be prioritized, studying their failure at the micro level.

To begin with, at least one exemplary public school should be developed in every electoral constituency so that the guardians and students themselves wish to get their children enrolled in those schools.

From private sector, Chairperson of the Higher Secondary Education Association Nepal (HISSAN), Umesh Shrestha stressed on the need to promote public private partnership concept so that the every stakeholders could have a sense of responsibility for the quality education in the country.

The program comes on the very day the European Union (EU) announced new funding to support education in developing countries over the next seven years.

Nepal may stand to benefit from the funding that targets 60 underdeveloped and developing countries.

The European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs on the day addressed the conference on Global Partnership for Education’s Second Replenishment pledging that the new US$510 million worth support would contribute to providing basic education in the close to 60 countries where the Global Partnership for Education currently works.

In the last one decade, the EU’s education programs has supported 7.7 million people for technical and vocational education and training, 1.2 million primary teachers training and renovation and construction of 37,000 schools in the 60 focused countries, the EU statement read.

Likewise, 13.7 million children were enrolled in primary education under the EU support.

Under the Global Partnership for Education, The Global Partnership for Education, the EU has allocated US$3.7 billion over the past decade to support education reforms in developing countries in coordination with the governmental and non-governmental organizations working there, the statement read.