Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Education and Health of the House of Representatives Jayapuri Gharti
KATHMANDU, Jan 16: Do your children study in private schools? Are you thinking of encouraging them to compete for scholarships in higher studies so that you can provide them with a better education in affordable fees? If yes, this is unlikely to happen at least for now as the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Health of the House of Representatives on Thursday passed a proposal on providing government scholarship only to those pursuing their school level education from the government-owned schools.
The house panel endorsed the amendment proposal on existing Some Nepal Acts making it mandatory for the aspiring students to have studied in community schools at least from class 6 to 10.
According to the committee chairperson Jayapuri Gharti, the new provision has been made in a bid to curb malpractices seen in the education sector in the name of inclusive scholarship. “We have received numerous complaints that the needy ones are not getting the scholarship. Therefore, we’ve come up with this policy,” Gharti added.
“If we closely inspect the reality, those who are supposed to be awarded the scholarship scheme are not receiving it. Schemes allocated for the Karnali students are apparently captured by the elites of Kathmandu. We have a provision to award economically backward with fellowship; however, the targeted community has yet to get full advantage of it.”
Amendment also includes another provision of providing a scholarship to Dalit, physically challenged and economically disadvantaged students in every level of higher studies. Earlier, there was a provision of providing the opportunity only for once.
The Committee also decided that higher education should also be imparted in the mother tongue of the students.