Minister Sharma highlights teachers' roles in developing education sector

Kathmandu, April 30

Minister for General Administration Rekha Sharma today highlighted the role and importance of teachers in delivering quality education.

Speaking at a two-day function organised to mark the 4th National Convention of Unification of Institutional School Teachers’ Union in Kathmandu, she said, “Though the teachers of government schools are highly paid, the quality of education is low in such schools while private schools deliver quality education even when the teachers there are paid not as much.”

She added that the teachers in private schools performed better even as they received lesser training and pay as compared to the teachers of government-owned schools.

She held that the government ought to provide more training to teachers in private schools. “Teachers should not be allowed to engage in teaching activities without training,” she said.

Lakshya Bahadur KC, president of Private and Boarding School Organisation Nepal, alleged that the government was creating pressure on private schools to register with the Office of the Company Registrar.

“Private schools have contributed much to the education sector, but the government is trying to trouble us. The teachers of private schools are compelled to do their jobs on learning-by-doing basis and without any formal training. The state doesn’t even confer any award to teachers of private schools,” he said.

President of Guardians’ Association of Nepal, Suprabhat Bhandari, stated that the country’s education system was making poor people poorer due to the lack of employment-oriented courses.