Speaker says private schools’ existence not imperilled yet

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara

Kathmandu, March 12

Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said the existence of the private schools was not immediately endangered as the constitution has accepted the three-pillar economic policy envisioning a socialism-oriented nation.

Inaugurating the 14th national convention of Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation of Nepal (PABSON) here on Tuesday, Speaker Mahara said all sides should cooperate in the process of regulating the private schools and raising the quality of the community schools.

“Education and health should be made the state’s responsibility; but it is not possible to shut down private schools so soon. At present, the state should move towards prosperity by encouraging the private sector as well,” he said, adding that it would take time to reach the stage of socialism.

The Speaker said that he had urged the government to bring the Federal Education Act only after consulting the stakeholders. “The private school operators should not worry as adequate discussions would be held on the bill in Parliament,” he said.

Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokhrel said that education should be seen as service sector and the standard of the community schools should be lifted up.

“Do not worry. There is no crisis now. The government is committed to protecting your investment and property. Education is not like other businesses. The government is preparing to bring new education policy laws. I have the belief that you will come to dialogue and collaboration,” the Education Minister said.

Published on March 12th, Tuesday, 2019 4:45 PM

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