Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokhrel said that all necessary laws and regulations required for the smooth operation schools at local levels would be framed within a year.
Speaking at the general convention of Nepal Teachers' Association, he said the government has begun the process of formulating necessary laws and regulations.
“The new constitution has entrusted the local levels with managing the education sector. However, proper management of the education sector by local levels is not possible without formulation of necessary laws,” he said.
Stating that the country's development was not possible without an educated citizenry, he said the government was planning to increase the budget for the education sector by 20 per cent in the next fiscal.
Joint Secretary of Nepal Teachers' Association Tilak Kunwar accused the government of delaying formulation of necessary laws related to the education sector. He also said that the government had failed to address the concerns of temporary teachers. “Schools across the country are in need of 65,000 teachers, but it has not even been able to manage 38,000 temporary teachers.”
Although the government's annual budget has been increasing, allocation for the education sector remains the same, he said adding, “Successive governments have promised to increase the budget for the education sector, but the final allocation remains constant at 20 per cent.”