Govt draws flak for low budget in education

KATHMANDU: The National Campaign for Education-Nepal (NCE-Nepal), a network of 286 NGOs working for quality education, commented that the government allocated very insufficient budget in the education sector for the fiscal year 2016/17.

Only 11.6 per cent budget has been allocated for the sector for the next year despite the commitments made by the state to allocate 20 per cent budget in education at international forums, the NCE-Nepal Chairman Raj Kumar Gandharba said in a statement today.

The organisation also concluded that the government made a very irresponsible decision by allocating inadequate amount for education and it would create a difficulty in implementing and ensuring the fundamental rights mentioned in the Nepal's Constitution.

Likewise, reconstruction of the school buildings destroyed by the devastating earthquakes last years and effective implementation of the School Sector Development Programme would be affected, stated the press statement issued today.

Similarly, the organisation also criticised that government was trying to privatise the primary education with a management agreement between community schools and private schools.

The organisation urged the government to rethink about the mentioned points and engage in strengthening community schools.