Panel formed to change curricula

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 2:

The Curriculum Development Centre (CDC) has formed a working committee to finalise the concept paper on nationalist education to be incorporated in the national curricula.

A concept paper on incorporating nationalist education in the existing curricula has been prepared and a committee, headed by CDC director Jagannath Awa consisting experts from the Tribhuvan University and educationists, has been formed to discuss on the paper, Bharat Nepali, deputy director at CDC said. “The working committee will submit

a finalised proposal after a month,” Nepali said adding, “Education should reflect the diversity in ethnicity, tradition, culture and the need of the society. The proposed nationalist education will reflect the need of the society,” said Nepali. “The committee will review the present curricula and suggest changes if necessary,” said Nepali. The government had announced to implement nationalist education after the royal take over on February 1.

The CDC is also conducting a research on how Sanskrit Education could be included in the mainstream national curriculum. The National Curriculum Framework (NCF), which is yet to be implemented, has suggested review of Sanskrit Education and its feasibility in the secondary level.

“The research is going on and if the finding shows that Sanskrit Education can be used in the secondary level curricula then it will be done accordingly,” said Nepali.

Sanskrit is taught as an optional subject up to the sixth grade.

Professor Dr Tirtha Raj Parajuli, lead consultant of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), said, the concept of nationalist education is yet to be defined but still we have tried to incorporate issues of national integrity, tradition and cultures in the proposed curricula. Parajuli said that NFC was for including Sanskrit education up to the tenth grade as an optional subject. NCF preparation committee leader Dr Parajuli is submitting the NCF draft tomorrow. The draft was supposed to be submitted a month ago but was delayed after the committee decided to conduct discussion.