President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari today certified the Education Act Eighth Amendment Bill, which was passed by the Parliament on June 4, 2016.
As per the new development, the national level school termination examinations (currently known as the “School Leaving Certificate examinations”), which is being conducted by the SLC Board under the Office of the Controller of Examinations till now, would be held at the end of Grade XII from next academic session, instead of Grade X.
School education would be categorised into two levels: basic education (Grade I to VIII) and secondary education (Grade IX to XII).
The Bill also seeks to transform the HSEB, into the National Education Board (NEB). The Board would also conduct the national-level school termination examinations, including those at the end of grades VIII, X and XII, from the next academic session. HSEB is currently regulating higher secondary schools across Nepal.
The Bill, in line with the School Sector Reform Plan, has provided a solution to the decade-long problem of temporary teachers. They would now be allowed to fight for permanent posts or accept retirement with a golden handshake scheme.
The new law also envisions formation of an Educational Quality Testing Centre to test the quality of education. District Education Council would also be formed at district level to draft plans and policies for development of the education sector.
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