Stakeholders demand more budget for education

KATHMANDU: The National Campaign for Education-Nepal, a network of INGOs and NGOs working in education sector in Nepal, in coordination with 13 other networking organisations, submitted a memorandum to all the Parliament members demanding sufficient amount of budget in the education sector for the next fiscal year.

The organisations have demanded that at least 20 per cent of the total budget and at least six per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should be allocated for the education sector as per commitments made by the government in national and international forums.

According to a press statement issued by the NCE-Nepal today, the memorandum also demanded mobilisation of internal resources to fulfill the commitments and minimise dependency on international donations.

Similarly, the organisations have also urged the government to make pre-primary, primary and secondary education free of cost, allocate budget for their lifelong learning and manage favourable environment and qualified trained teachers.

In the memorandum, the organisations have demanded to increase investment in the education sector and make public the allocated amount and its expenditure in a transparent way.

They demanded that the teacher-student ratio at primary and secondary levels be made 1:25 and 1:18 respectively