Education budget up this year

December 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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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