KALIKOT, August 10: The School Sector Development Program (SSDP) has been found to be ineffective in bringing about any improvement in the education sector here in the Kalikot district.
Locals, civil society members, and guardians have claimed that the SSDP program has been implemented in 294 schools in the district but has failed to make any positive impact despite millions of rupees being spent for the purpose.
The program allocates money under various titles such as building construction, free textbooks, lunch, and scholarship among other things. But locals said the money hasn't been properly utilized.
“The program has utterly failed to bring about any improvement in the schools. It has rather made the situation worse. The authorities concerned must investigate the relevance and outcome of the project immediately,” said local civil society leader Amalraj Shahi.
School Resource Person at the District Education Office Jashi Prasad Chaulagain accused the authorities of running the program without conducting any monitoring and evaluation.
Mushkan Shahi, chairperson of Motiram Secondary School Sipkhana Raskot, said that the program yielded no achievement due to its 'impractical procedures' with regard to determining infrastructure development and teacher's training.
Nepal Teachers Association Kalikot Chairman Pankha Bahadur Shahi said that the program failed to bear fruit as the benefits were distributed as per the program's set criteria rather than need.
“While the teachers in the district need training on the teaching-learning process and use of curricular materials, the program has failed to address the need,” said Shahi.