Hand over power to local levels, MoE tells DEOs

Kathmandu, December 30

The Ministry of Education has asked all district education offices to hand over their power to the local levels as per the Local Level Governance Act 2017.

Spokesperson for the ministry Hari Lamsal today said the ministry had issued a circular to all the districts to hand over their power to the local levels. “We hope the local levels will start regulating the education system from the next academic session,” he added.

Even six months after the local levels were formed, many of them have been facing difficulties carrying out their functions. The Local Level Governance Act was endorsed on September 19 this year by the Parliament.

The constitution has guaranteed rights to local levels to carry out functions related to the education sector up to Grade XII.

As per the new law, local bodies are authorised to take a decision related to primary and secondary education. Also, policies regarding schools run by community, cooperative bodies and Guthi, traditional Gurukul, Gumba and Madrasa can be formulated by the local bodies.

Local bodies are also authorised to handle issues like management of educational institutions, imparting education in native language, providing salaries of teachers, awarding scholarships and managing budget.