March 21, 2017 11:45 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, March 21: Following its approval by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the draft of a new education regulation has been forwarded to the cabinet for approval on Monday.
Interestingly, the regulation drafted after several months of homework has no mention of the newly-implemented 744 local units.
“We don't know whether the cabinet approves the draft or not,” Shanta Bahadur Shrestha, secretary at the Ministry of Education (MoE). "Also, the eighth amendment to the Education Act which was effected a few months ago, does not address the various issues related to the federal setup. So, a new education act and new regulation are needed.”
The draft of the education regulation has various provisions including grades 1-8 as basic/elementary education, grades 9-12 as secondary education, teacher salaries, free secondary education, and transfer of school teachers among other things. “But the regulation is silent about the educational authorities under the new local setup,” said Shrestha. “So, we are planning to start work to formulate a new education act.”