New Schools Operation permission on hold in Kathmandu

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has decided not to grant permission for the operation of new schools in its boundary. The metropolitan city said it has come up with the decision to lay emphasis on the quality improvement of existing schools.

Granting permission to new schools has been put on hold with the rise in a number of schools in proportion to the score of students, according to KMC Department of Education. Presently 91 public schools and 643 institutional schools are in operation in KMC.

As many as 165,000 students are pursuing their education in the schools. Among them, 158,000 students are studying in institutional schools while remaining students are only in public schools. KMC has put this policy measure in place with the local level legally mandated for the operation and management of schools. KMC Education Department Chief Nirmala KC said there was a pertinent need to manage the existing schools rather than operating the new ones.

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As many as 1,830 teachers are working in 91 public schools. Likewise, KMC has also specified mandatory provision for the schools to take prior approval from the department while sending any teacher, employee, and guardians to foreign trips, training, assembly, exposure visit, sports, goodwill visit or educational tour.

The department sources said the local school curriculum would include Nepal language, sustainable development, environment, education and traffic management from next academic calendar.

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