Nepal’s educationist and student politicians slam foreign names of colleges

KATHMANDU: Students unions and educationists have expressed concern over the giving of English names of clubs and cities to various higher secondary schools in the country.

At a programme organized at the Reporters’ Club on Thursday, they said the English names of the plus two colleges such as Pentagon, Florida, Chelsea, Barsha are a challenge to Nepali culture.

Vice-Chairman of the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB), Hem Kumar Mishra said although the HSEB Regulation does not mention that colleges cannot be given English names, the owners and promoters of the educational institutes must not forget the nationality and culture.

Chairman of Higher Secondary Schools’ Association of Nepal (HISSAN), Umesh Shrestha said it was just a showy character of the owners of plus two colleges to give English names. He urged them to maintain quality rather that extravagant names and advertisements.

Similarly, Vice-Chairman of HISSAN, Ramesh Silwal said once the government colleges improved quality in education, the private colleges would gradually fade out from the show.
Chairman of All Nepal National Independent Student Union (Revolutionary aligned to CPN-Maoist Sharad Rasaily, Chairman of Nepal Students’ Union Ranjit Karna, and ANNISU (Revolutionary)’s Himal Sharma accused the plus two colleges of becoming showy and extravagant without catering the need of quality education to the students.

They urged the stakeholders to not make the plus two institutes as just income generating tools. RSS

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