26,000 SEE students won't be able to join Grade XIBy Manjima Dhakal
This year more than 26,000 students, who passed the School Education Examination (SEE), will not be allowed to enrol in grade 11 because of a new provision introduced by the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC).
Closure caused by COVID-19 severely hampers students’ learningBy Manjima Dhakal
Aarati Thapa Magar, 16, of Chitwan wakes up every morning to support her parents in household chores. She has been spending her days for five months in cookery, cleaning and supporting parents in their farm. In the midst of COVID-19 scare, Thapa, a 10th grader in a local community school, is worried about her education as she cannot engage herself in remote learning via alternative modes because her parents are not aware of it. She does not have an access to mobile, television, radio or any other...
Rosy SEE results raise question about teachers’ integrityBy Manjima Dhakal
This year’s Secondary Education Examination (SEE) results were far better than those of the past years as the government granted the schools themselves to evaluate their students after it failed to conduct the board examinations owing to the COVID-19 fears.
Govt exploring alternative ways to upgrade children to avoid loss of academic yearBy Manjima Dhakal
Along with increasing risk of the loss of academic year due to uncertainty of school resumption, the government has been planning to upgrade students to higher classes on the basis of life skills they achieve during their home stay. The government has been preparing to measure values, aptitude, skills, knowledge and readymade ideas of children as the tools to upgrade them to senior grades. This year the government is planning to define children learning differently where students will involve in...
Schools irk guardians with demand for fees of 12 months from Grade 11, 12 studentsBy Manjima Dhakal
Students have not been to schools for almost five months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the guardians are not free from the burden of paying school fees of their children although they have been staying home for five months. The schools, of late, have started forcing guardians to pay fees of grade 11 and 12 even for the time of closure of the schools. From this act of schools, now, the guardians of 11 and 12 graders have become stunned.
Reopening all schools on same date impossible: GovtBy Manjima Dhakal
The government had announced to start this year’s school enrollment campaign from August 17, delayed by four months. In normal situation, classes used to begin15 days after the enrollment campaign started. But this year, school reopening date is still uncertain. Although the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) has already asked schools to enroll the students from August 17, the Ministry is still in consultation with stakeholders regarding its plan to resume classes.
Private schools fail to live up to their promise of ‘service’By Manjima Dhakal
School education has become a hot topic these days as it has been unable to take its normal course like earlier years due to the coronavirus pandemic. The debate peaked after the private schools decided to close their ongoing virtual classes saying that they were not allowed to collect fees from guardians. The restlessness of private school owners after they failed to collect fees from guardians just for three months shows that they are only doing business in the name of education though they never...
CIAA receives largest number of complaintsBy Manjima Dhakal
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has received the largest number of complaints in its history of 30 years in the fiscal year 2019/2020. The CIAA received a total of 24,890 complaints and finalised 16,586 cases in the fiscal year 2019/2020. Likewise, the CIAA filed 441 cases in the Special Court and succeeded in 84.8 percent of cases.
Govt preparing to reopen schools in hilly districtsBy Manjima Dhakal
The government is planning to reopen schools in low-risk zones of the country after many stakeholders demanded to run schools mainly in high hill areas. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) has started its exercise to reopen schools at low-risk districts, mainly in mountains and hills, after local governments and other stakeholders of some districts assured that they could reopen schools safely.
Directive to end uncertainty of classes, examinations in varsity in offingBy Manjima Dhakal
At a time when thousands of university level students across the country are in dilemma about their classes and examinations, which have been postponed infinitely because of COVID-19, the University Grant Commission (UGC) is now in final stage to bring a directive to address alternative education requirements of the varsities.