KATHMANDU, Aug 30: The Ministry of Education (MoE) never worried about result-oriented actions. However, it is active in choosing sweet words to celebrate special occasions.
A five-member sub-committee headed by Baburam Paudel, executive director of the Curriculum Development Center, was formed Monday in order to select the ideal sentence for the slogan to celebrate the Education Day, according to MoE sources. A main organizing committee has been formed in the coordination of the minister for education.
The government marks the Education Day coinciding with the Children's Day on September 12. This year, it falls on September 14.
It is the 37th Education Day being marked in the country. The committee formed to select the ideal sentence for the slogan to celebrate the Education Day includes representatives from the Federation of Teachers' Union, Guardians' Association Nepal (GAN)and the Education Journalists Group.
“Choosing the ideal sentence for the slogan to celebrate the Education Day is a traditional way. We have been observing the day every year. We focus on attractive and meaningful slogans to be made for celebration,” said Suprabhat Bhandari, president of GAN and a member of the sub-committee to choose the ideal sentence for the slogan to celebrate the Education Day. “However, we never thought about the result-oriented actions,” he added.
The committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday to finalize the ideal sentence for the slogan to celebrate the Education Day, said Bhandari. “It is time to think of actions out of the traditional box,” he suggested.
There are 29,630 public schools across the nation while some 6,000 private schools are operational in the country. The government spends around Rs 100 billion annually in the education sector. Private schools, which constitute 20 percent of the total schools of Nepal, have some shown good results while public schools have only about 20 percent of pass rate in the School Leaving Certificate examinations in the recent years, according to the sources.
However, the MoE is not seriously concerned about it and has not taken any concrete action to bring fruitful results in school education, the government officials admitted.