Educationist Mana Prasad Wagley has urged the government to shut down all private schools to end disparities in the education system of the country.
Speaking at an interaction organised here today by National Campaign for Education (NCE) in Kathmandu, he said private schools were not able to produce skilled human resources for the country, but have been producing human resources almost all of which are now living abroad. He also said that private schools had become a centre for parrot learning. He further accused the private schools of promoting foreign languages at the cost of Nepali and other national languages.
“The private sector should be allowed to invest only in higher education,” Wagley said.
“The government should allocate more budget for the education sector and local levels should take steps to convert private schools into public schools,” he added.
Around 70 per cent of private schools in the country are located in Kathmandu valley alone. The government spends Rs 17,000 on each student in a year while a student studying at private schools has to pay Rs 17,000 to 38,000 each year for his/her education.
“Due to problems created by different educational organisations and teachers' associations, local government hasn't been able to formulate education policy,” said Rajaram Pudasaini, ward chief of Kageswori Manohara Municipality.
Addressing the programme, Madhu Lohani, secretary of Private and Boarding School Organisation Nepal (PABSON), however, said students had to pay more in private schools as private schools spent a lot in infrastructure and provided many facilities which were not available at government schools.