Archive for December 12, 2010

“Nepal Varsities, colleges will be converted into Barracks”: Prachanda -UNFORTUNE TO NEPALI YOUTHS

Prachanda's Dream For Naya(New) Nepal

Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda of Unified Maoists’ Party threatened that his party will convert the entire Nepal Universities and Colleges into Barracks and Students into Military forces if the reactionary elements do not stop conspiring against the revolutionary changes gained in the recent years.

He made the threat loaded statement at the inaugural session of General Convention of All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-Revolutionary), December 10, 2010.

The ANNISU-Revolutionary is the student wing of the Unified Maoists’ Party.

“In order to achieve the successful completion of the revolution”, said Dahal, “We need the support of the students once again”.

The General Convention of the students is being held at the Tribhuwan University premises in Kirtipur, Kathmandu.

“If you do not come forward militarily, we cannot bring an end to the revolution we are carrying out”, he continued.

“I would want you to remain in a prepared state”, he told the students.

Prachanda’s fresh call has created panic among the liberal and the democrats which may hasten the process of the formation of a broader democratic alliance as is being suggested by Surya Bahadur Thapa.

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December 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Education budget up this year

Experts say no new programmes to enhance quality

KATHMANDU: Educationists today expressed dissatisfaction over the programmes mentioned in the budget allocated for education sector.

They said though allocation is higher this year, the programmes have been repeated and are teacher-focused, not student-focused.

In the budget speech on Sunday, the government allocated Rs 57.65 billion for the education sector, which is 17.1 per cent of the total budget. This amount marks an increment of 24.5 per cent in comparison to last year’s budget.

Educationist Mana Prasad Wagle said, “Though the government has allocated huge amount to education this time, its programmes are no more than continuation of previous years, apart from providing internet facilities to schools.”

He said, “Launching Internet in schools is a highly ambitious programme because Internet facilities are not possible without appropriate infrastructure.” He also reiterated that the implementation part should be strengthened to achieve success of the existing programme.

“The implementation part is very weak in our country therefore despite the huge budget, the outcome in terms of education quality could be insignificant.”

According to international standard, out of total budget in the education sector, 70 per cent should be spent on teachers while 30 per cent be invested on construction. Dr Bidhyanath Koirala reiterated that the budget did not bring new programmes to enhance education quality.

He stated that more budget had been allocated for higher secondary education this time. He said school merger, school mapping, scholarship extension, school handover programme and increment in Child Development Centres were all a part of last year’s programme.

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December 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm


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