KATHMANDU, July 7
The Higher Secondary Education Board is going to introduce technical and vocational subjects from current academic session.
As per a ministerial level decision taken yesterday, the HSEB will introduce technical and vocational subjects in Plus Two level. Currently, the HSEB has been providing Plus Two education in various faculties — Science, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences and Education in 3,658 Higher Secondary Schools (HSS)/Plus Two colleges across the country.
Technical and Vocational Education in School education was introduced in Grade IX from April 2013 in 99 schools in 71 districts across the country as part of the School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP).
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SSRP has divided school education into two levels — Basic Education (Grade I to VIII) and Secondary Education (Grade IX to XII) — and categorised school education into two streams — general and technical and vocational stream.
Dr Laba Deo Awasthi, officiating secretary at the MoE, said that the decision was made to ensure higher secondary education to SLC graduates from technical and vocational stream.
A total of 3,256 students from technical stream had appeared in SLC exam-2071 where 215 students got A+ (equivalent to 90 to 100 marks), 779 students got A (80 to 89), 2,131 students got B (60 to 79), 124 got C (40 to 59)and one got D (25 to 39).
According to Awasthi, the HSEB will grant affiliation to 99 schools which had taught technical and vocational education in grade IX and X and the Department of Education will manage budget, infrastructure and teachers.
Diwakar Dhungel, Executive Director, Curriculum Development Centre (CDC), said that they had already prepared the draft of curriculum for Grades XI and XII and had discussed it with experts and deans of various faculties in different universities.
“If the HSEB wants to implement the curriculum immediately, it will have to follow our draft,” said Dhungel.
Heera Acharya, Chief, Curriculum and Training Division, Higher Secondary Education Board, said that they received the copy of policy-level decision today so will be working on the new curriculum from tomorrow.
“We have been preparing curriculum of technical subjects informally but after the decision, we will speed up our work,” she said.
The Higher Secondary Education Board is currently teaching 135 subjects in various faculties.
A version of this article appears in print on July 08, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.