Govt provides free sanitary pads to schoolgirls, but many remain unawareBy Manjima Dhakal
At a time when women rights activists across the country are demanding the repeal of taxes on sanitary pads, the government has been providing free sanitary pads to more than 1.3 million female students of community schools for the last two years.
Teachers of private schools lose jobs to COVID-19By Manjima Dhakal
Teachers of private schools might be the worst affected professionals from COVID-19 in Nepal. They have been jobless for months as the schools shut in April have not yet come into operation. When almost all other sectors have gradually returned to normalcy with the relaxation of restrictions, schools are not allowed to open in big cities like Kathmandu and Lalitpur. Although, local levels in the two districts have allowed schools to resume classes in physical presence, the district administration...
Kathmandu schools not to resume in-person classes soonBy Manjima Dhakal
For more than a week now, many local governments across the country have been considering resuming physical classes in schools under their jurisdictions after the federal government handed them the authority to decide on the matter based on the gravity of the coronavirus situation there.
Physical classes to resume in low-risk areasBy Manjima Dhakal
Lately, many schools across the country have started teaching-learning activities in physical presence after concerned District COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (DCCMC) gave the local governments permission to do so in those areas where there is negligible risk of the coronavirus transmission. Analysing the health security risk factors, the government has categorised the risk zones into four levels: red, amber, yellow and green. Red region will have a hard nature of lockdown, amber will mixed,...
Happy over exams, but worried over virus riskBy Manjima Dhakal
Students studying at different universities are now taking their postponed examinations after a long wait. Students look happy after being able to appear in the stalled examinations, because they could continue further studies only after passing the lower-level exams.
Teachers anxious about COVID-19 vaccine before going to classroom physicallyBy Manjima Dhakal
The country started vaccination campaign against COVID-19 from last January. Along with the availability of vaccine, frontliners, health workers, security personnel, journalists were vaccinated in priority. Soon after that, diplomatic mission employees, parliamentarians, government officials got the vaccine in priority. Now, the government has been running vaccinations on the basis of age group. However, teachers who are required to work with children by profession are demanding vaccination in special...
Pandemic disrupts learning habit of childrenBy Manjima Dhakal
Like many other sectors, education has been bearing the maximum brunt of coronavirus pandemic. However, unlike some other sectors, education is critically important that cannot withstand the onslaught for long. But for more than a year and a half now, the education sector is reeling from the crisis of the magnitude perhaps never seen before.
Poor access to internet mars new academic sessionBy Manjima Dhakal
Some two weeks ago, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced starting the new academic session virtually for 2021/22 from June 15. And local governments across the country were required to take initiatives to operate classes as school education is under their jurisdiction. However, many such governments are stuck in the whirlpool of confusion about the academic session because the coronavirus pandemic is yet to recede significantly.
‘Excessive use of mobile phone can harm children’s wellbeing’By Manjima Dhakal
Parents have been facing a hard time parenting their wards as their schools and other activities have come to a grinding halt amid the prohibitory order that went into effect some two weeks ago. Since then, as the schools and playgrounds have remained off-limits, kids have been growing increasingly restless and fidgety. Most guardians have no option but to offer their mobile phones to their children in an attempt to engage them for a while. That has led to growing mobile phone addiction among many...
Absence of Education Act allows federal government overriding powersBy Manjima Dhakal
The constitution of Federal Republic of Nepal grants different powers to different levels of governments. But, in reality, federal government has been taking all major decisions unilaterally, leaving local levels powerless.