Nepal: Priorities and Strategies for Education Reform

Panth, Brajesh ; Hinchliffe, Keith

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The modern education system in Nepal is one of the youngest in the world and operates within a political democracy that was established only in 1991. While parts of the system have been well designed and are implemented effectively, others remain in an embryonic stage and are only partly effective. This report identifies a number of key constraints which currently are hindering the development of the system and suggests priorities and strategies for organizing and managing the required changes. Six aspects of the current status are highlighted: Levels of literacy and educational attainment remain low. While access to all levels of the education system has increased considerably, participation remains unequal across income and social groups and the benefits of public subsidies are inequitably distributed. The quality of education is low. High repetition and dropout rates throughout the system are wasting valuable resources. The system does not serve the labor market well. This report recommends the government to: ensure within the coming decade that all children enroll in and complete a five year primary education while developing the structures and processes for expanding a strengthened basic cycle of schooling for eight years, and expanding levels of adult literacy; develop an integrated cycle of secondary education; improve the quality of university education and tertiary education; develop an comprehensive teacher management system; and decentralize the system.

Document type: Other
Publisher: The World Bank
Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
Date: 2001
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 25 September 2015
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Education
Controlled Subjects: Nepal, Bildungssystem, Reform
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nepal, Bildungswesen, Reform / Nepal, Education System, Reform
Subject (classification): Education and Research
Countries/Regions: Nepal
Additional Information: © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 Unported
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