Monday, February 7, 2011

    MoE to limit school enrolment drive

    KATHMANDU, FEB 07 - The Ministry of Education (MoE) is planning to confine its School Enrollment Campaign (SEC) to select areas in the upcoming academic year.

    Launched in 2003 across the country with an aim to bring all the children to school, the SEC will be carried out in selected districts and communities this year citing the desired result was not achieved. The campaign was launched in order to ensure universal primary education by 2015, as targeted by the Millennium Development Goal in Education.

    In order to meet the goal, the yearly student enrolment growth rate has to be more than three percent, which is around two at present. In 1999, when the goal was set, 36 percent children were out of school. By 2010, when the net enrolment rate (NER) should have been 96 percent, it is just above 93.
    According to officials, the ministry is working to limit the drive to districts and communities where the NER is below the national average. "The modality and area of campaign will be declared soon," said MoE Joint Spokesperson Lekhnath Poudel. The ministry is said to be devising another programme to attract the remaining children to school.