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Report on private schools gathers dust



KATHMANDU: A report containing recommendations for regulating the private sector’s role in education has been gathering dust at the Ministry of Education (MoE) since the last four months.

The report was prepared by a nine-member task force under the coordination of director of the Department of Education Tek Narayan Panday with the aim of curbing unscrupulous practices on the part of the private sector with regard to education. The report had set the criteria for operating private schools, but it has gone unheeded.

A high-level source at MoE said the report could be implemented through ministry level decision, but the education minister has not yet called a meeting in this regard.

A task force comprising school owners, representatives of DoE, MoE, teachers, guardians and mediapersons had submitted the 23-page report to Education Minister Dina Nath Sharma on October 5.

The report had recommended improving services and facilities for students, physical infrastructure, naming of schools, upgrading classes, shifting schools to different location, classification of schools, fee increment, scholarship and many other issues relating to private and institutional schools across the country.

Suprabhat Bhandari, a member of the task force and president of Guardians Association of Nepal said it was shameful that the ministry had not yet begun the process of implementation even after four months. He further said the delay showed MoE representatives were not serious about solving problems related to education in the private sector. “The report was to be implemented immediately after submission, but we have not been able to identify who was obstructing its implementation,” he added.

Rose Nath Pande, assistant spokesperson, MoE, said the ministry was planning to take the report to the Cabinet for effective implementation. “The report can be implemented through minister level decision, but we think its implementation will be effective if it is passed by the Cabinet,” he added.

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