Kathmandu, April 28

Education experts today stressed on increasing budget allocated for the education sector to improve the quality of education in schools across the country.

Speaking at an interaction organised by National Campaign for Education Nepal on the occasion of Global Action Week, Dr Mana Prasad Wagle, educationist said the government should spend Rs 25,000 on each student, as the current spending was not adequate.

“For this the government needs to increase the budget allocated for the education sector,” he said.

At present, the government is spending Rs 1,873 per child as part of early child development campaign, Rs 7,614 per student at the primary level, Rs 6,526 per student at the lower secondary level, Rs 9,079 per student at the secondary level and Rs 6,662 per student at the higher secondary level.

Wagle said a country should spend five per cent of the national GDP on basic education and 10 per cent on secondary education.

He also suggested to the government to control overspending on unnecessary sectors.

A paper presented by Hari Lamsal, joint-secretary and spokesperson, Ministry of Education, also argued that the budget allocated for the education sector was inadequate.

“Due to low investment in school education, the quality of education has been affected largely,” read the paper presented by Lamsal.