By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Apr. 13: Organisations working in education sector across the country have drawn the attention of political parties to prioritise education in their political manifestos. In an interaction programme on “Education in the Manifesto of Political Parties" organised by National Campaign for Education (NCE) on Sunday, representatives of 65 such organisations demanded that political parties accord priority to education in their manifestos.
They also asked the parties to focus on skill-oriented education, to commit to making at least 20 per cent investment in education, to make literacy cent per cent, to make secondary and technical education high quality and accessible.
Organisations working in education sector across the country have drawn the attention of political parties to prioritise education in their political manifestos. Presenting a paper, Shishir Khanal pointed out that negligible progresses were made in those sectors in the last five years.
Gagan Thapa, general secretary of the Nepali Congress, said his party was committed to increasing budget and making teachers technology-friendly. Nabaraj Subedi, leader of Janata Samajwadi Party and coordinator of the Manifesto Preparation Committee of his party, said the party was committed to making "one municipality, one model school" which will be mentioned even in the manifesto.
Dilaram Acharya, central member of the CPN-Maoist Centre, said that the party would suggest minimum agenda of education to the local governments that must be included in the manifesto. Bansa Lal Tamang, general secretary of the federation of rural municipalities, said they had brought many changes in education locally after they assumed office, but still a lot remained to be done in quality and equitable education.
Baburam Thapa, a central member of CPN-UML, said every party included the issues of education in its manifesto but many were not committed to translating them to reality. He asked the civil society to pressure political parties for effective implementation of their declaration.