HSEB wants PCL lecturers in its fold

Kathmandu, August 21:

Vice-chairman of the Higher Secondary Education Board Prof Dr Upendra Kumar Koirala today called on the government to transfer 1,900 lecturers of the Tribhuvan University, who have been teaching at the Proficiency Certificate Level, to the HSEB, as the university plans to phase out PCL.

Speaking at an interaction titled ‘Present Situation of HSEB and Academic Orientation’ organised by Plus-Two Students’ Welfare Council here, Koirala said the board had written to the government in this regard.

Koirala said the HSEB would soon initiate a process to grant permanent affiliation to higher secondary schools that meet required criteria. He said the move would put schools and the HSEB in a better position and would pave the way for permanent appointment of teachers in schools.

Facing an uncertain future, schools had been unable to appoint teachers on a permanent basis, he said.

Koirala said the HSEB would screen teachers through Teaching Eligibility Test (TET).

He said the HSEB was focusing on quality control before granting affiliation to 1,973 higher secondary schools. “We will see how many of them are maintaining required and promised quality. Those failing to do a satisfactory job would be padlocked,” Koirala said.

According to Koirala, the HSEB is effecting a standardised policy barring publishers from publishing books without the Board’s approval. “We will authorise publishers to print books only if topics in the books do not contravene with syllabus.”

The HSEB has been catering to students in remote areas, who otherwise have to go to faraway cities for higher education, he said. “The government should invest to improve the standard of higher secondary schools.” By providing quality education, many schools have been stopping good students from heading abroad for studies, he said.

Koirala urged the government to make it mandatory for all Constituent Assembly members, schoolteachers and other government employees to enroll their children at public schools.

“This will automatically control the quality in state-owned schools and will check privatisation and commercialisation of school education,” he said.