Local governments of Nepal commit to improve quality education in public schools

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Jumla, March 11, 2018: The local governments of Nepal have started to upgrade the education system of public schools and make schools as a zone of peace.

Sinja Rural Municipality of Jumla has made a commitment to improving the school level education. Gajendra Bahadur Mahat representatives of Sinja Rural Municipality said “Blaming the center for poor education was a popular excuse for public schools in the past. Now the authority of running schools lies on you. The future of your children is in your hand.” He also encouraged all the stakeholder to work together so the improvement of education in public school can be enhanced.

Deepak Sharma, director of the Department of Education, said, “Central government now has the role of a mere facilitator with the authority of managing schools going to the local governments. So, we have to work hand in hand to bring about positive changes in our schools.”

The local governments have the authority to manage school level education with the central government providing the necessary funds to pay the teachers, buy textbooks and maintain and develop infrastructure. But they still have to invest in schools to improve the quality of education since the budget from the central government alone is not going to be sufficient to offer to enhance the quality of education.

According to Dewal Singh Rawal, chairman of Sinja Rural Municipality “As the origin place for “Khas” a (Nepali language), we are looking to promote and preserve the language incorporating it into the curriculum. They have allocated Rupees 19.9 million to the education sector to enhance the teaching-learning environment at schools through better infrastructure and quality support. In addition, we are also planning to attract students from private schools to public ones by offering better facilities and quality education.”

Sinja Rural Municipality has 22 public schools and four private schools. The Local Level Governance Act introduced in October last month envisions that entire responsibility of the school level education comes to the local level except for holding examinations for the grade 10 and 12 students. And while the authority to draft the curriculum rests on the central government, it will also be transferred to the local governments in the future.

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