KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The Ministry of Education (MoE) is all set to hold formal discussions on the formulation of new education regulation in line with the newly amended Education Act.
As part of its action plan, the MoE has started working on the formulation of education regulation in a bid to incorporate changes envisioned by the new Education Act.
“The discussion for revising the regulation will be formally opened from the next week,” said Dr Hari Prasad Lamsal, spokesperson for the MoE.
About two months ago, the ministry began the process of drafting the education regulation, aimed at explaining and elaborating the details of the new Education Act, according to the MoE. “We have already asked the stakeholders such as teachers' unions, guardians, and Department of Education to provide their opinions for the new regulation,” said Lamsal.
The MoE officials are also holding consultations with Law Ministry, Finance Ministry and Office of the Prime Minister regarding the regulation. It will be completed as soon as possible, the ministry officials said, without naming a deadline.
The Office of President approved the eighth amendment of Education Act 1972 as per Article 113 (2) of Constitution of Nepal 2073 (2016) about three months ago. The bill of the Act was endorsed by the Parliament about four months ago.
The amended act has envisioned the school level education as basic/elementary (grades one to eight) and secondary level (grade nine to 12) from the previous categorization of primary (grades one to five), lower-secondary (grades six to eight), secondary (grades nine to 10) and higher secondary (grades 11 to 12) levels.
The amended act provisions two categories of private schools--new ones under trusts and old ones under company--free education upto 12 Class, transfer of teachers as civil servants and evaluation and promotion of teachers on the basis of school results, according to the Ministry of Education (MoE).
It also scraps the Higher Secondary Education Board, integrates plus two level into school level education and sorts out decades-long problem of temporary teachers. The new act has also made provision to form National Education Council, National Examination Board and Education Review Office. The MoE formed the NEB about two months ago, according to the MoE.
Points to be discussed:
Compulsory and primary education
Secondary level education frame
State bodies for education
Federal structure of education system
Private schools under company and trust
Minimum fee structure standard for private schools