Report of High-Level National Education Commission will be made public: Minister Pokharel

Kathmandu, Feb 14: Lawmaker Radheshyam Adhikari, in today’s meeting of the National Assembly (NA) asked Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel when that the report of High-Level National Education Commission will be made public. Responding to the query, Minister Pokharel said that the report would be made public after completing certain process.

Minister Pokharel that the 500-page report would lay foundation for the National Education Policy and new acts related to education. Stating that the new Education Act would replace the Education Policy 2028, he informed that the report was yet to be made public as it was under deliberations in the Council of Ministers after handing over it to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Furthermore, the Education Minister shared that around 400 local units had seen establishment of educational institutions as per the government’s policy of technical educational institution- in all 753 local units while 481 schools were launching vocational education. According to him, efforts were on to coordinate with various universities to produce human resources needed for imparting vocational education and scholarship was being commissioned by the Chinese government to the Nepali students.

On the occasion, he also said that the Procedure to implement the subsidized loan scheme for youths interested to start business by pledging their academic certificates as collateral has already been approved. On another query posed by lawmaker Prakash Pant on government’s plan and programmes to enroll the drop out students to schools, the Minister replied that the School Enrollment Campaign was being launched through the local units while the federal government was supporting the initiative.

According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, of the 313,000 children of school going age, 254,000 students were already enrolled in the school. Access to education to the rest other shall be gradually ensured. The government aims to make Nepal fully literate by the end of 2019 for which improving the enrolment rate and at the same time keeping the dropout rate low among the school-going-age children is imperative, according to t Minister Pokharel. Lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari, Ram Lakhan Chamar , Brisesh Chandra Lal posed questions to the Minister. (RSS)

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