New COVID wave leaves students in limboBy Manjima Dhakal
Within a few months after the academic activities had returned to normalcy, the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has again thrown the teaching-learning activities in schools, colleges and universities out of gear. The government has already decided to shut schools and colleges after the COVID-19 cases started surging. The universities have postponed all the ongoing and scheduled examinations effective from coming Sunday, which is again likely to disturb the academic session of tens of thousands...
Maoist convention discusses Prachanda's political reportBy Manjima Dhakal
Delegates to the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre)'s 8th general convention have generally agreed on the main spirit of party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’s political report 'Nepali Path of Socialism in the 21st Century'.
‘CPN (MC) to debate socialism in convention’By Manjima Dhakal
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre)’s first national convention is going to kick off from Sunday in Kathmandu. The party has billed it as a ‘historic convention’ for the building of new political thought and a revolutionary party. The party is set to adopt socialism as its tactic. Leaders of the party said that they required to adopt socialism to move according to the need of the nation.
Current academic session to end by mid-AprilBy Manjima Dhakal
The government has decided to end the current school-level academic session, which started belatedly as in the previous year, by mid-April. The session kicked off on June 15 because of the disturbances unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic.
TU’s failure to stick to academic calendar leaves students at receiving endBy Manjima Dhakal
Rabi Kiran Khadka, 3rd semester student of Masters of Arts in English at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, is fed up with the Tribhuvan University because of its inability to follow its academic calendar. According to Khadka, he would have completed his thesis by now had the TU properly executed its calendar. After joining the first semester in December 2019, Khadka got a chance to sit for the final examinations only in February 2021, more than two years after his enrollment in the two-year course. The...
Education reform programme fraught with problemsBy Manjima Dhakal
President Education Reform Programme (Rastrapati Shaikshik Sudhar Kaaryakram) introduced by the Ministry for Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) two years ago has not been much effective as the programme failed to meet the actual needs of schools because of meager budget provided to build minimum infrastructure for the programme, stakeholders said. Although the programme was introduced to reform public education across the country, stakeholders pointed out that the programme itself needs reform...
Govt provides free sanitary pads to schoolgirls, but many remain unawareBy Manjima Dhakal
At a time when women rights activists across the country are demanding the repeal of taxes on sanitary pads, the government has been providing free sanitary pads to more than 1.3 million female students of community schools for the last two years.
Teachers of private schools lose jobs to COVID-19By Manjima Dhakal
Teachers of private schools might be the worst affected professionals from COVID-19 in Nepal. They have been jobless for months as the schools shut in April have not yet come into operation. When almost all other sectors have gradually returned to normalcy with the relaxation of restrictions, schools are not allowed to open in big cities like Kathmandu and Lalitpur. Although, local levels in the two districts have allowed schools to resume classes in physical presence, the district administration...
Kathmandu schools not to resume in-person classes soonBy Manjima Dhakal
For more than a week now, many local governments across the country have been considering resuming physical classes in schools under their jurisdictions after the federal government handed them the authority to decide on the matter based on the gravity of the coronavirus situation there.
Physical classes to resume in low-risk areasBy Manjima Dhakal
Lately, many schools across the country have started teaching-learning activities in physical presence after concerned District COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (DCCMC) gave the local governments permission to do so in those areas where there is negligible risk of the coronavirus transmission. Analysing the health security risk factors, the government has categorised the risk zones into four levels: red, amber, yellow and green. Red region will have a hard nature of lockdown, amber will mixed,...