HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Education (MoE) today began talks with donor agencies regarding implementation of the School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP), a government programme to overhaul education in the country.
Ministry officials held deliberations with representatives of agencies, such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others, on enhancing capacity of sector players, disseminating information, distribution of scholarships and reservations.
“The donors stressed the need to boost the capacity of school bureaucrats as well as school management committees and members of parent-teacher association,” said , said Nakul Baniya, under secretary at the ministry.
He further said that although SSRP, a six-year plan, was launched in 2009, the government faces various hurdles in implementing the undertaking as a new education act congruent with SSRP has not been passed.
The sector reform plan, when implemented fully, will divide school education into two levels –– basic and secondary as per international practice, doing away with the four-level system.
Those in the education sector say that implementation of the second phase of the plan needs the new Act to divide duties and responsibilities among governmental and non-governmental entities in the sector.
Baniya said the day’s meet brought together technical groups. “After a comprehensive discussion tomorrow, the participants will give their presentation and conclusion on various topics,” he said.