KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Even though many education ministers in the past could not turn their promises of upgrading the country’s education system into reality, Education Minister Dhani Ram Paudel has presented his work plans on Thursday.
At a program organized by the Education Journalists’ Network (EJON) to share Dashain wishes in Kathmandu today, Minister Paudel unveiled his 19-point work plans nearly one and half months after assuming the post.
According to his work plans, a high level National Education Commission will be formed within a month. The task of formulating the new education regulation will be completed within 35 days. A review committee will be formed within a month to study on the sacked teachers and staff.
Similarly, the bill on higher education will be immediately presented at the parliament for discussion.
Likewise, an attempt would be made to approve the bill on national medical education.
The work to establish at least one government medical college in each of the seven federal states would also be started. Colorful textbooks will be printed for grades 1 and 2 in the coming academic year.
The teacher-student ratio at public schools would be adjusted within six months. One hundred community schools will be developed as model schools in this fiscal year.
National qualification framework will be formulated to provide accreditation to formal, non-formal vocational education and training within six months. Scholarships directive will be developed to streamline the system of providing education grants with one-door policy.
Manuals will be created for providing low interest loans for rebuilding quake damaged schools and for educated youths within three months.
Other programs include making all municipalities and 60 districts as literate zones; launching effective enrollment campaign in community schools; setting up seven polytechnic schools in each of seven states and 12 agriculture campuses in the current fiscal year as part of the goal to have an agriculture campus in each of 75 districts; land management of public schools; turning Nepal into an international education hub; administrative reconstruction of the Education Ministry; and rewarding the best community schools.
“None of these plans are new. There’s a huge difference between announcing a plan and implementing them,” said the stakeholders.