The Ministry of Education (MoE) has come up with a decision to award the authority to Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) for running classes of higher education to benefit SLC students under technical category. The TSLC students can now study science stream in the general category under the technical category of higher education or pursue diploma courses offered by the Council for the Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT).
The decision comes as a result of recommendation from the team led by Tanka Nath Sharma. Last Monday, the Ministry decided to further allow HSEB to commence Grade 11 class starting this year.
Total 3,256 students from 99 public schools sat for the SLC exam on technical category out of which 1,246 girls passed the examinations.
HSEB vice-chairman Chaitanya Sharma said that the office will form committees to design the curriculum and start affiliation process eventually. He added, “Committees will be formed within a week and a public notice will be issued to call for applications for affiliation. We hope to start the new academic session by the second week of August.” Five different committees for five different subjects - plant sciences, animal husbandry, computer engineering, software engineering and mechanical engineering are to be conducted.
CTEVT is however against this move and is to challenge the decision by taking it to the Supreme Court as it claims that MoE has breached the existing law which until now solely authorizes the Council for running intermediate level education. Member-secretary at CTEVT, Ram Hari Lamichhane said, “We are in consultation with our lawyers. The decision will be challenged in the apex court in a couple of days.”
At present, diploma course in various subjects are being provided by CTEVT which is equivalent to intermediate degree. Lamichhane further claimed that 3 years of study is mandatory to get an equivalence to intermediate degree and HSEB only runs a two-year program which will not be recognized abroad.
Council for the Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) has already called those 99 schools for application if they are to run higher education classes under the affiliation of CTEVT.
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