Parliamentarians demand uniformity in policy

06/13/2019

Kathmandu, June 13: Parliamentarians taking part in the deliberation on various topics under the Appropriation Bill-2076 at House of Representatives today demanded uniformity in the policy, programme and budget in the education sector of the country. Voicing opinion on the new budget allocated by the incumbent government for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nepali Congress parliamentarian Umesh Shrestha said there should not be two sectors in education if the curriculum of the schools in Nepal were revised. He also furnished the suggestion that if teaching learning activities were conducted in English medium in both private and community schools, there would be uniformity in education sector. Of the Rs 1.53 trillion budget for the new fiscal year 2019/20, the government has allocated Rs 163.76 billion for the pre-primary to the university level education for all three tiers of government. It is 10.69 per cent of the total budget. There are altogether 29,000 schools and 11 universities in the country. Parliamentarians Nawaraj Silwal held the view that reforms in education sector has fail not for lack of budget but due to lack of progressive thinking. According to him, it was inappropriate to reason lack of budget in the context of development budget that were being frozen yearly since it was not spent wholly. Currently schools in Nepal were run by two sectors, one being public and another private. The public schools have 79 per cent of the total students while 21 percent of the total students were studying in the private schools. Students of private schools read the books published by the private publication houses while Janak Siksha Samagri Kendra Limited has been publishing books for public schools’ students, most of them are in Nepali medium. Students in the public schools are provided books for free of cost. Also, parliamentarians who held their opinions in the deliberations were Ghanashayam Khatiwada, Sanjaya Kumar Gautam, Rajendra Prasad Gautam, Pabitra Niraula Kharel, Khagaraj Adhikari, Laxmi Pariyar among others. The meeting also dwelt on budget allocated on various topics for the Ministry of Drinking Water and Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. The next meeting of the House of Representative is scheduled for 11:00 am tomorrow. RSS

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