Discussion on proposed Education Bill

KATHMANDU: Chairperson of the Women, Children, Senior Citizens and Social Welfare Committee under the Legislature-Parliament, Ranju Kumari Jha, has expressed her commitment that the Education Bill (Eighth Amendment) would be approved only after a broad discussion.

At an interaction organised by the Higher Secondary Schools Association Nepal (HISSAN) here today, President Jha said that the Education Bill would be revised only after holding discussions with stakeholders as well as taking views of lawmakers who registered amendment proposals.

She further said that the Bill would be approved within next two months.

Speaking at the function , Nepali Congress lawmaker Badri Pandey argued that the Bill did not try to shrink the private sector, but would regulate it while CPN-UML lawmaker Ganesh Man Gurung pointed out the need of formation of a High-level Education Commission for the implementation of new education policy.

Likewise, Dhaniram Paudel of the UCPN-Moaist pointed out the need of moving ahead by correcting mistakes in the Bill while lawmaker Dr Baburam Pokharel assured that they would try to keep the private schools in the concept of company.

Vice-Chancellor at the Tribhuvan University, Tirtha Raj Khaniya, said that it would not be possible in practice to provide free education after the grants in the education sector was decreased by the government.

Spokesperson at the Education Ministry Hari Lamsal said that the Bill had given more space to the private sector while Vice-Chairman of the Higher Secondary Education Board, Chaitanya Sharma, expressed dissatisfaction over the Bill, saying proposal of changing the school education structure was not scientific.

HISSAN Vice-Chair Ramesh Silwal presented the working paper in the programme chaired by HISSAN Chairman Umesh Shrestha.