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After April 2015 Nepal earthquake: Most work done, some remains

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said on Wednesday that the reconstruction work after the devastating earthquake was moving ahead in a full swing.
Prime Minister Oli made this remark while inaugurating the reconstructed building of the Dhulikhel-based Sanjivani Namuna Secondary School in Kavre,
“The National Reconstruction Authority that was formed during my last premiership could not execute its work after my exit. After my exit, CEO of the Authority was sacked and politically-motivated CEOs were brought one after another. As a result, the pace of the reconstruction became sluggish,” PM Oli said. He also said that the current government had intensified the reconstruction work soon after its formation. “Now we should carry out work in a similar, dynamic and rapid, manner,” said Oli, adding that the new structures must be safe and quake-resilient.
Education must offer opportunity of self-employment to an individual, he stated. “It is necessary that education provides livelihood to the people,” he added. The Prime Minister expressed worry about the quality of education, saying that the dimensions of the education like morality and honesty were weak.
Oli said that the government would support the community schools to enhance their academic standard.
“Due to the lack of quality maintenance at the community school, the guardians are obliged to admit their children at private schools. The government will support the community schools. Teachers at the community schools should also produce students that can compete with those of the private schools,” he said.
In a different context, PM Oli said that Nepal should now be transformed as a country of digitalised, educated and intellectual Nepalis. “Nepal’s identity as an illiterate, poor and labour-exporting country will be changed soon,” he said.
On the occasion, Minister for Communication and Information technology Gokul Prasad Baskota said that 300,000 children were admitted to schools under the leadership of PM Oli.
Stating that the community schools had the necessity of English medium learning, Minister Baskota said that education should be made practical, vocational and productive. “It is necessary to balance the ratio between teachers and students for the enhancement of education,” Baskota stated. Similarly, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali said that the reconstruction of all quake-affected structures would go smoothly from this fiscal year.
The reconstruction of schools would be accomplished within 20 months, said Gyawali, adding that the rebuilding of private houses, schools, health institutions, roads and other infrastructures was moving on in full swing.

Published Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 08:06 PM

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