Parliamentary Committee to hold broad discussion on Education Bill

Kathmandu, Jan 7: President of the Women, Children, Senior Citizens and Social Welfare Committee under the Legislature-Parliament, Ranju Kumari Jha, has expressed commitment that the Education Bill-2028 (Eighth Amendment) would be approved only after broad discussion.

At an interaction organised by the Higher Secondary Schools Association Nepal (HISSAN) here today, President Jha said that the Education Bill would be revised only after holding discussion with stakeholders as well as taking views of lawmakers who registered amendment proposal.She further said that the Bill would be approved within next two months.

Similarly, Nepali Congress lawmaker Badri Pandey argued that the Bill has not tried to shrink the private sector but will regulate it while CPN (UML) lawmaker Dr Ganeshman Gurung pointed out the need of formation of High-level Education Commission for the implementation of new education policy.

Likewise, Dhaniram Poudel of the UCPN (Moaist) pointed out the need of moving ahead by correcting mistakes in the Bill while lawmaker Dr Baburam Pokharel assured that they would involve to keep the private schools in the concept of company.

Vice-Chancellor at the Tribhuvan University Dr Tirtha Raj Khaniya said that it would not be possible in practice to provide free education after the grants in the education sector is decreased by the government.

Spokesperson at the Education Ministry, Dr Hari Lamsal said that the Bill has given more space to the private sector while Vice-Chairman of the Higher Secondary Education Board, Chaitanya Sharma, expressed dissatisfaction over the Bill, saying proposal of changing school education structure was not scientific.

HISSAN Vice-Chair Ramesh Silwal presented the working paper in the programme chaired by HISSAN Chairman Umesh Shrestha.