DEOs told to set up technical committees to implement SSDP

Bhaktapur, November 29

The Department of Education has directed all district education offices across the country to form district-level committees to implement School Sector Development Plan.

Issuing a circular to all 75 DEOs recently, DoE asked them to form a District Level Technical Committee to effectively implement SSDP in the districts.

SSDP is a seven-year plan aimed at ensuring equitable access to quality education for all. This programme has been developed for first five years (2016-2021) of the seven-year plan (2016-2023) following the target set by Sustainable Development Goals and Education for All Action Plan. SSDP was endorsed by the Cabinet on October 24.

Meghnath Sharma at the Budget and Programme Section, DoE, said, “We have asked the DEOs to form technical committees as mentioned in the SSDP from this fiscal.” The DLTC will have five members.

However, the concerned DEOs may add other experts and employees on need basis.

As per the circular, assistant district education officers will be the coordinator of the technical committees. However, in case of districts that do not have assistant district education officers, the senior-most senior section officer will coordinate the committee.

Similarly, the committee must include engineer/sub-engineer, account officer/accountant, employee administration/procurement chief and planning officer.

The DLTC will support the DEOs in selecting schools and students for SSDP grants as well as in releasing grants given through the DEOs.

It will also have to prepare monthly, quarterly and annual report to be submitted to the government. Likewise, it will have to perform other duties mentioned in the SSDP.

SSDP has a vision to contribute to the development of self-sustainable, competitive, innovative and value-oriented citizens for socioeconomic transformation of the country.

Its mission is to produce the much needed human resources to elevate Nepal’s status from a least developed country to a middle-income country by 2030.

The programme is also expected to reduce disparities in the country through continuous and inclusive development of its human resources by facilitating all citizens with opportunities to become functionally literate, numerate and to develop basic life skills and knowledge required to enjoy a productive life.