Government to transform 222 community schools into model academic institutions

Kathmandu, February 27

The government has asked 222 selected community schools to submit their working plan on transforming the schools into model academic institutions.

Department of Education had selected the schools from across the country last year under School Sector Development Plan 2016-2023, which runs different programmes and projects to improve school education.

DoE will allocate budget ranging from Rs 600,000 to Rs 700,000 to the 203 schools and Rs 200,000 to remaining 19 schools.

The budget will be used to implement the working plan on transforming the schools into model academic institutions.

According to Director General Babu Ram Poudel, the department has notified selected schools to provide detailed plan to improve physical infrastructure and curriculum.

“After selecting schools that could be transformed into model ones, we have asked them to work with local bodies to provide a detailed working plan,” he added.

DoE Deputy Director General Gyanendra Ban said schools located in accessible areas with space enough to adjust as many as 1,000 students were selected.

The schools will be required to set up library, health laboratory, science laboratory, toilets with proper changing room, canteen and ensure availability of clean drinking water, play ground, gardens, among other things.

The schools can also demand new facilities as per its need.

The schools will also be required to build separate hostel facilities for both boys and girls with each having the capacity to accommodate at least 100 students.

Ban said, “Such model schools can also propose curriculum in their local language.  The principal of the school will be hired on contract basis and the government will have to provide qualified teachers of Science, Maths and English to all the schools.”

School Sector Development Plan has proposed to build at least one such model school in all the 753 local bodies of the country.