Teaching illiterate people to become practical exam of students from IX to X


Himalayan News Service

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Non-formal Education Centre (NFEC) is all set to mobilise students from grades IX and X to teach illiterate people in different parts of the country as part of their practical exam.

Babu Ram Poudel, director, NFEC, today said that Nepal government had already prepared directives to mobilise school students to teach the illiterates across the country.

He said, “Out of 25 full marks in practical exam in practical subjects, students would get 10 marks by teaching illiterate people in their homes, vicinities and communities.”

According to directives, teaching illiterate people will be a part of practical exams in the compulsory subject Health, Population and Environment Education and optional subject ‘Education’ in grades IX and X.

As per the directive, students will be sent to their villages or a place of their convenience to teach illiterate people as part of their practical exam. The record and verification of contribution of students to literacy classes will be maintained by the respective subject teachers in the respective locality.

Likewise, summary of records related to literacy classes should be sent to District Education Officers after verification from the school principal while sending the practical marks for School Leaving Certificate Exam.

The government has formed a seven-member monitoring committee under the leadership of the chairperson of the School Management Committee or a person referred by the chairperson to monitor practical exam related to literacy classes.

Other members included school principal, resource person for the school, representatives of guardians, VDC or municipality and respective Community Learning Centre. The respective subject teacher will be a member secretary of the monitoring committee.

NFEC said that this is the final year of literacy campaign.

According to NFEC, a total of 1,745,334 Nepalis are yet to be literate. Majority of illiterate people belong to 17 districts in the Tarai, therefore NFEC is going to launch focused literacy programmes in those districts this year. A total of 1,497,372 illiterate people belong to 17 districts of the Tarai.

Jhapa, Morang, Siraha, Saptari, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Dhanusha, Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Nuwakot, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Nawalparasi, Dang, Banke and Kailali are the 17 districts where NFEC is going to launch programmes.