Save education

August 26, 2020 14:00 pm

Almost nine million school goers are at home today for more than five months. Sudden announcement of closure of schools on March 18 seems to have impacted the school goers badly. If the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) had been dynamic enough, almost all school goers would have been admitted in the upper grades by mid-April. Education would continue somehow. After all, there were no severe cases of Covid-19 till mid-May.

Innovating online education

May 24, 2020 17:00 pm

Prior to COVID-19 pandemic, the now popular online education system had rarely become a priority for Nepali academic institutions. Now the nationwide lockdown has compelled the majority of the institutions and their teachers to run their classes online, mostly by using Zoom software. The evolving trend in the Nepali education system has thus made Nepali teachers, students, and parents familiar with the online classes. Thus COVID-19 has made virtual teaching and learning a new normal. But without proper plans, sufficient technological tools, and much-needed awareness among all stakeholders, it won’t be possible to achieve positive outcomes from ongoing online education. The past experiences have shown that poorly designed technologies rather discourage the teachers and students from adopting it.

Teaching by mentoring

February 17, 2020 09:02 am

As I was walking to college, I felt I could help students improve English by mentoring them. By utilizing my break time, I could contribute at least a little, I thought. I decided I would take only one student as my mentee. The mentor and mentee would work extra time at their will. If there would be more than one interested students, I would hold a lottery to select the participant. So I announced this in the class. Three students raised hands. I had to hold a lottery.

Police arrested students during their protest at Singha Durbar, Kathmandu on Sunday afternoon.

Life hacks for students

January 30, 2020 11:11 am

Always getting confused between “affect” and “effect”? Here’s a trick to remember – “Affect” is an Action. Both the words start with an A. Hence, affect is a verb. “Effect” is a thing. Hence, effect is a noun. If you can’t remember this, just use the word “impact” and you will never go wrong.

AZAZ, SYRIA, Jan 17: Syrian teacher Ahmad al Hilal listens to his young pupils sitting on a mat reciting the Arabic alphabet in a makeshift school in a tent on the outskirts of a sprawling refugee camp city along the Turkish border.

ROLPA, Dec 20: Phoolmaya Pariyar, 14, of Phalja, Rolpa Municipality-9, rushes to school at 7:30 am everyday. She can’t even have her meal properly. After walking for about three hours, she reaches her school.

GAUHATI, India, Dec 7 :  More than 1,000 students marched Friday in India’s northeast against a bill approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from India’s three Muslim-majority neighbors.

LISBON/SYDNEY, Nov 29 : Thousands of people in Australia and Europe joined rallies demanding more action on climate change on Friday, aiming to force political leaders to come up with urgent solutions at a United Nations conference next week.

School students lament irregular classes

November 25, 2019 08:20 am

JUMLA, Nov 25: Pujan Kumar Upadhyay, a 10th grader at Kanakasundari Secondary School of Jumla sat for his terminal examinations recently. He performed poorly. In the examinations, he was asked questions from the chapters which were not taught by the teachers yet. "It was the same for English, Maths and Science. We were asked questions from the chapters which were never discussed in the classroom," he reported.

A group of secondary school students in the Philippines has found a way to convert poo from stray dogs into a mixture for bricks, aiming to rid city streets of excrement and potentially even lower construction costs.

I wish my students …

November 3, 2019 15:56 pm

Teacher never feels like he is doing enough for their education. I wish they knew how hard a teacher tries to protect them and how sorry he is when students worry about their result and ‘getting things wrong’.

Some inspirational movies for students

October 13, 2019 17:35 pm

Here are some of the inspirational movies that every student should watch:

KATHMANDU, August 22: Nepal Education Fest 2019 festival will kick off from Friday at Bhrikutimandap, in Kathmandu. The two-day fair will provide information on colleges and courses targeted for Bachelor students for 2019.

Deschooling education

August 22, 2019 01:30 am

Every class has students capable of becoming singers, dancers, poets, athletes and actors but our education system is discouraging them every moment

TANAHUN, Aug 19: Students at Bishnu Secondary School of Nahala, Bandipur Rural Municipality-1, who were facing drinking water problems now have access to drinking water.

MUGU, Aug 7: Students of Malika Primary School near the district headquarters of Mugu have been forced to study in a dilapidated classroom.

KHARTOUM, July 29: At least four school children and one adult were shot dead as security services broke up a protest in the Sudanese city of El-Obeid on Monday, campaigners said.

Bagiswori Secondary School in Bhaktapur has begun the Chinese language course to their students. It has been teaching the Chinese language, especially Mandarin to over 90 students from grade VII.

JUMLA, July 13: It takes around two hours for Punnilal Rawat of Ripi village of Jumla to reach his school. The ninth grader said he gets exhausted by the time he reaches school.

TIKAPUR, July 5: There is a large settlement adjoining the Banjariya forest to the west of the Kanda River.

CHITWAN, July 4: Students of Narayani Model Higher Secondary School say they are very happy and content with the quality of education they receive at their school. Some of the students of the school including Kabita Tiwari, Roshan Babu Pandey, Puja Subedi, Sudip Dhakal, Deepa Shrestha are currently studying science in 12th grade at the school.

BIRATNAGAR, July 4: Until five years ago, Biratnagar was one of the cities in the country from where thousands of students would come to Kathmandu and other destinations for better quality education after getting through the secondary level.

Letter to SEE graduates

July 1, 2019 09:45 am

I extend my warmest congratulations on your recent SEE results. If you have achieved what you deserved, be happy. If you haven’t got good grades, do not worry. The result is not always in our hands. Needless to say that it is not the sole indicator of your performance. So, relax and don’t lose your hope that you are capable of so many other amazing things.

DHANKUTA, June 29: Three grade 10 students in Dhankuta district sustained injuries when their science teacher subjected them to physical torture.

ILAM, June 25: Until a decade ago, it would be a taxing job to find a community school that would instruct students in English. As students were gradually switching to private schools to study in English, community schools came under pressure to respond to the demand.

JUMLA, June 12: As many as 2,540 students of five schools in Jumla district have undergone tuberculosis tests.

High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.

JUMLA, June 9: Establishment of Sija Multiple Campus in Sija village of Jumla district a decade ago had brought smiles to the faces of residents. It was seen as a great achievement. “We were so glad that our kids and the new generation would not have to go far away from home for further studies.

CHITWAN, June 8: Manika Praja of Kunagaun village of Madi Municipality used to walk for over an hour everyday to reach her school located at Kharkatta village. While returning home, the distance would feel even longer as she would be exhausted due to the long hours of study at the school. Praja would have to walk for at least three hours every day to get education.

BARA, June 5: Students of Nepal Rastriya Prathamik Vidyalaya of Pheta Rural Municipality have been forced to study under the open sky after their school building collapsed due to a tornado which struck the area two months ago.

KHOTANG, June 2: Two students died after drowning in Sapsu river of Khotang district on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Around 8 million students throughout the country missed their classes on Monday due to a general shutdown called by the outlawed Netra Bikram Chand-led Maoist outfit. The outfit had called the strike after one of its members was killed in police action a few days ago.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Two student unions have continued their relay hunger strike, demanding that the Tribhuvan University Service Commission (TUSC) be scrapped and political intervention in Tribhuvan University (TU) be stopped immediately.

RAUTAHAT, May 17: The mayor and chief administrative officer of a municipality in Rautahat have distributed noodles to students while inaugurating a mid-day meal program at the local unit.

Mind your manners

May 14, 2019 00:30 am

Professors and lecturers have been using insulting words while talking to students but students are not able to speak up

BUTWAL, May 13: These days, private schools charge their students exorbitantly high fees under various heads including bus fare. However, some schools have been found torturing their students by compelling them to travel in overcrowded vehicles despite charging a huge amount of money for transportation.

KATHMANDU, April 30: A writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday, seeking free education up to Grade 8 (basic education) as provisioned in the Constitution of Nepal 2015.

KATHMANDU, April 27: The government has shown negligence over multiple errors in the textbooks for private schools, which were given to students at the beginning of the new academic session.

KHOTANG, April 27: More than a decade has elapsed since the government adopted the policy of 'education for all' but not all students in the country go to schools.

PARBAT, April 25: A large number of students in Kushma Municipality have been deprived of textbooks as the local unit has failed to sanction the budget for community schools to buy the textbooks even after the beginning of the new academic year.

MYAGDI, April 24: Bishwa Katuwal of Raghuranga Municipality – 2 of Myagdi district always thought that she would not compromise with her children's education.

KATHMANDU, April 16: Many parents and students attended an award ceremony marking the global achievement of Nepali AS and A Level students for April 2019 organized by the British Council Nepal and Cambridge Assessment International Education.

College tuition was less than what today’s students pay for textbooks when Caron and Jack Knopoff attended Chicago’s Wright Junior College in the mid-1960s.

Enhancing teachers’ competence

April 9, 2019 01:05 am

The national assessment of students’ achievement has shown that achievement level of the students from public schools in Nepal is low. For the same reason, people blame that there’s no quality education in public schools. Although the scores of the students are not and should not be the only determiner of quality education, it’s one of them.

The international competition helps kick-start the careers of graduates, with a funding support ranging from cash prize of Rs two hundred thousand to the first place winner and the title Dopper Changemaker 2019. Additionally, Rs one hundred twenty-five thousand to the second and third place winners and 75 thousand rupees each to the rest of the winners in top 10 will be rewarded.

PARBAT, April 4: With the establishment of more private schools, the education of community schools has been overshadowed. In recent years, the numbers of students are decreasing significantly in community schools, compelling many basic level schools to merge with others.

Teaching with computers

March 31, 2019 00:25 am

Out of more than 4, 00,000 students appearing for SEE examinations this year, there will be thousands who will be appearing their Computer Science paper. Out of these thousands, there will be a significant sizeable population who will be appearing the subject without having used or even seen computers throughout their school life thus far.

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WASHINGTON, March 16: Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change.