August 16, 2017
In a boost to the Nepali education sector, the Government of Japan has signed a pact with the Nepali Government towards the development of Nepali education sector.
As part of the deal, Japanese Government will be offering a grant of Rs 280 million to the School Sector Development Program (SSDP) of Nepal.
An agreement in this regard was signed in a meeting between the Secretary at the Ministry of Finance Shanta Raj Subedi and Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa, held at the Ministry of Finance in Kathmandu, yesterday.
Joint Secretary Baikuntha Aryal and Chief Representative of JICA Nepal Jun Sakuma exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Finance.
SSDP, being implemented by the Department of Education, is a continuation of the School Sector Reform Program (SSRP) that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of basic and secondary education of Nepal.
Earlier in the month, the United States agency USAID had also revealed its initiative towards the development of the Nepali education sector.
USAID, citing its education strategy and local assessments, pointed out at gaps in the education system of Nepal, especially in the early grade reading. In this regard, it urged the Government of Nepal to include early grade reading in its education reform agenda.
Stating that it found extremely-low reading scores in Nepal despite high primary school enrolment, USAID said it would take a leading role in advocating for early grade reading to be on Nepal Government’s national education reform agenda.