Here is a wake-up call for everyone: The Australian authorities have cancelled the registration of the Australian Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT), where many Nepali students are studying. Due to this, the future of more than 1,000 Nepali students, especially those pursuing diploma and advanced diploma in nursing, has been hanging in a balance. We are extremely saddened by the news, but we should learn something from this. Even a high-profile college like the AIBT failed to demonstrate that its marketing practices were accurate and factual, and also could not demonstrate that it had qualified staff. So, just imagine, how bad the quality of educational institutions in Nepal is. The government, after conducting proper investigation into the malpractices and educational scams, might have to shut down many colleges. This is the main reason why anti-corruption crusader and activist Dr Govinda KC frequently staged a hunger strike, his 16th so far, to improve the quality of medical education in the country. This depicts the standard and quality maintained by the educational institutions in Nepal. One thing to remember is that there is a high probability of unqualified institutes producing unqualified human resources for the country, and this would be as catastrophic as a hydrogen bomb. Hence, to minimise such anomalies, the government should take stern action against those fraud institutes for the betterment of the whole education system.
Sabin Shrestha, Salyan
Touted as the most powerful government in decades, PM KP Sharma Oli has completed one year of his office. Since day one of his administration, people had high hopes that the government would leave no stone unturned to yield good results. Expectations of the people were understandable as the inability to deliver services was attributed to the weak governments which used to change every year. Against this backdrop, the people had a ray of hope on the strong government with the backing of a two-thirds majority of the federal parliament. However, no matter how much the PM boasts of having achieved on the economic front and on good governance, the euphoria of the general people on the government’s performance has faded away within one year.
The crime rates have risen over the year, while impunity seems to be taking its roots as in the insurgency time. Initially, the government had taken strong action against the syndicate system in the transport sector. But the bus entrepreneurs have resorted to the old system, ignoring the government fiats. The government’s total failure to resolve the rape and murder case of Nirmala Pant has further exposed how inefficient the law enforcement agency is. It has been more than seven months since she was raped and murdered. But the government is still clueless about the real culprit(s), and police is now thinking of sending her vaginal swab to a foreign country for further verification. It seems that the government’s priority has shifted elsewhere.
Rupak R Khanal, Changunarayan
A version of this article appears in print on February 26, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.