Five-member panel formed to study Education Regulations

Published On: May 9, 2017 09:18 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 9: The government has formed a five-member panel to study on the long-pending Education Regulations.

According to the Ministry of Education (MoE), a cabinet committee on Monday decided to form the panel which includes five secretaries of the government. 

“The panel includes secretaries of MoE; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development; Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs; and the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM),” said sources at the MoE. “The panel will work to amend the regulations in line with the federal system,” they added.

After approval from the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the draft of Education Regulations was sent to the cabinet on March 20. However, the OPMCM sent the regulation tabled in the cabinet back to the MoE citing contradiction with the structure of 744 local bodies and the constitution of Nepal.

Since then, MoE officials were holding discussions on the structure and management to be included in the regulation.

The eighth amendment to the Education Act, which was implemented 11 months ago, also does not fulfill all the provisions of the constitution. 

So, there is a need of a new education act and the regulations in line with it, said high ranking officials at the ministry.

The draft of the Education Regulations has provisioned grades 0-8 as basic/elementary education, grades 9-12 as secondary education, private schools to pay government scale salary to teachers, free secondary education, and transfer of school teachers among others. But it does not speak anything about the local education authority, which is necessary in the federal system.

The final draft of the Education Regulations has proposed adding about 30,000 school teachers including teachers at child development centers, which are considered as pre-primary schools.

Meanwhile, the committee formed by the cabinet has also approved the academic quality assurance and accreditation regulations, developed to regulate the quality of education, according to the sources at the MoE.

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