Education system full of faults, says former PM Oli

Kathmandu, September 17

Private and Boarding School’s Organisation Nepal held a programme today to mark its 11th National General Meeting.

At the programme, principals and founding members of several private schools in the country were honoured for their contribution to the education sector, and for their donation of Rs 100,000 to quake victims.

President of PABSON Lakshya Bahadur KC said, “Private schools are educating a larger number of children in the country now than ever before. But the government has only been demotivating towards us.”

Speaking at the programme, former prime minister KP Sharma Oli said private schools play a big role in fostering a sense of nationalism in schoolchildren, and that although the government is trying to provide quality education to children, it still needs to sort its priorities and do a lot of homework.

Oli added that private schools have been educating more than 500,000 students, and employing over 200,000 people. He maintained that the government cannot take sole responsibility of the education system, and private sectors cannot be expected to bear all investments in education. He stressed that both the government and private sectors must play equal part for the development of the education system.

Oli also said that the education system in place in the country was full of faults. He said that the education system must be designed to cater to the individual needs and abilities of children, and a generalised syllabus that treats all children uniformly is inadequate.

Secretary at the Ministry of Education Shanta Bahadur Shrestha said the government will increase the budget and give more priority to the education sector.