CHITWAN, July 4: Students of Narayani Model Higher Secondary School say they are very happy and content with the quality of education they receive at their school. Some of the students of the school including Kabita Tiwari, Roshan Babu Pandey, Puja Subedi, Sudip Dhakal, Deepa Shrestha are currently studying science in 12th grade at the school.
Kabita, who has been studying at the school since grade 9, says she is happy with the quality of education her school has been offering to students. She believes that studying at a school where she passed through the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) has made it easy for her to interact with teachers and achieve academic excellence.
Roshan came to Chitwan to study +2 level after he passed the SEE from a local school at his home village in Lamjung district. Instead of opting to study at private colleges, he chose to study in a public school in Chitwan after SEE.
A permanent resident of Madi Municipality in Chitwan, Sudip says he is always encouraged to work hard on studies due to cooperative and friendly behavior of teachers and good academic environment in the school. The fact that the government gives priority to those passing secondary and higher secondary level education from public schools in providing scholarship opportunities to pursue bachelor's degree programs has made him choose the public school.
“I had received offer from various private schools as well,” said Roshan, who has received good GPA in the SEE. “I felt that public schools are equally better. We have excellent academic environment here.”
According to one of the teachers of the school, Ram Sharan Duwadi, the school offers various academic programs including management, science and hotel management in grade 11 and 12. The school enrolls around 200 students each year through open competition.
The school has received affiliation from CTEVT this year to run a three-year Diploma in Information Technology program. The school plans to enroll 48 students a year in grade 11.
“There is a growing attraction of students towards our school. This is seen in the time of admission in grade 11,” said Duwadi.
Students often face dilemma where to study after their SEE. Although they can easily decide on the subject they want to study, they often fail to identify the right institution. But in case of students in Chitwan, there is no dearth of educational institutions suitable to their interests in their own hometown.
More than half of the secondary schools in Chitwan have already started higher secondary level education. According to Education Development and Coordination Unit of Chitwan, 46 of the total 98 government schools have started running +2 education programs.
Likewise, there are a total of 121 institutional schools run by private sector in Chitwan. Of them, 19 schools have started running +2 level programs, according to Section Officer Hem Chandra Paudel at the coordination unit. Six of the government schools in the district also provide technical education such as civil engineering, agriculture and veterinary science from grade 9 to grade 12.
In fact, Chitwan has become a centre of attraction for technical education even for the students from outside the district. A large number of students from far away come to Chitwan for technical education as it offers a number of programs in this field.
“Chitwan stands second after Kathmandu in terms of the number of programs offered. The attraction of students toward Chitwan is equally high,” said Chief Administrative Officer at Province 3 Secretariat, Dinesh Luitel.
A large number of students from other parts of the country also come to Chitwan to study various technical education programs each year. Various institutions in Chitwan offer 18-month and 3-year long technical education programs under CTEVT. A single education institution in Chitwan has been offering as many as 19 technical education programs.
According to government statistics, some 4100 students study various technical education programs affiliated to CTEVT. Only 10 percent of these students hail from Chitwan district.