The Kathmandu Post
Nov 25, 2018 Kathmandu : The absence of co-ordination among a dozen of ministries running technical education and training classes is hampering in yielding expected results, according to a report by an expert panel.
In addition to Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, ten other ministries conduct different types of technical classes or trainings for people from various age groups. However, there is no coordination among them. This has often led to duplication of the programme and wasting of budget.
The report titled ‘Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Development’ says lack of co-ordination on one hand is leading to wastage of state resources while it is also creating disparity in the kind of trainings or education they award.
Currently, around Rs 15 billion is spent on the technical education annually.
The report prepared by a team of experts led by educationist Pramod Bahadur Shrestha has proposed a central body led by prime minister to streamline the programmes by the different ministries.
The National Assembly for Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Development led by PM will have all authority to plan and write policies needed for the technical and vocational education.
The National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Development headed by education ministers will take the lead in implementing the decisions taken by the assembly.
The report proposes separate assemblies and councils at the provincial level as well.
Provincial Assembly for Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Development will be led by the respective chief ministers while Provincial Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Development will be headed by Social Development Minister.
There will be separate Municipal Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Development led by mayors in each municipalities and metropolis.
For the sustainability of the trainings, the report proposes to create a National Training Fund where the central and provincial government would contribute 50 percent of the amount each.
The report is published as a part of Education Ministry’s plan to formulate a policy on vocational education and training.
The government has to pass it before implementation.