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Prez Bhandari Prez Bhandari certifies Education Eighth Amendment Bill Education Eighth Amendment Bill

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Wednesday certified the Education Act Eighth Amendment Bill.

The Amendment Bill, passed by the Parliament on June 4, is regarded to be positive in terms of making significant changes in the educational sector.

Consequently, the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB), which regulated higher secondary schools across the country, has been transformed into the National Education Board (NEB).

The Board would now be responsible for conducting the national-level school termination examinations, including those at the end of grades VIII, X and XII, from the next academic session.

As per the new development, the national level school termination examinations (currently known as the “School Leaving Certificate examinations”), which was conducted by the SLC Board under the Office of the Controller of Examinations till now, would be held at the end of Grade XII from next academic session, instead of Grade X.

School education would be categorised into two levels: basic education (Grade I to VIII) and secondary education (Grade IX to XII).

Currently, there are four levels in school education, categorised as primary level (Grade I to V), lower secondary level (Grade VI to VIII), secondary level (Grade IX to X) and higher secondary level (grade XI to XII).

Bill bars opening of schools through private or cooperative investments. The schools would have be a member of guthi to open the schools from next year.

The Bill, in line with the School Sector Reform Plan, has provided a solution to the decade-long problem of temporary teachers. They would now be allowed to fight for permanent posts or accept retirement with a golden handshake scheme.

The new law also envisions formation of an Educational Quality Testing Centre to test the quality of education. District Education Council would also be formed at district level to draft plans and policies for development of the education sector.

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Bakar-Eid being celebrated

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POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.

The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.

Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.

The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.

The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.

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