The Parliamentary Committee on Women, Children, Elderly citizen and Social Welfare on Sunday directed the Education Ministry to ensure students of technical education get to pursue subjects of their choice in grades 11 and 12. The committee has also asked the ministry to submit a detail plan on the matter within a month. As many as 3,288 students who took the SLC examinations under the technical category from 99 schools are in dilemma over further studies due to lack of technical subjects under Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB).
The government started technical education at the school level two years ago, allowing students to take up agriculture, IT and engineering subjects in grades 9 and 10. The students under the category took the SLC test for the first time this year. However with the test results due in two months, the government is yet give the options for such students.
“This is a case of sheer negligence. The ministry should have endorsed the programme only after ensuring the options in higher education,” said committee Chairperson Ranju Jha, directing the ministry to ensure that the students would not face any problem in pursuing higher studies in their chosen subjects.
According to ministry officials, the problem can be sorted out if an amendment is made to the existing legal provision. The technical education at the higher secondary level is a three-year programme, but the existing Education Act has only a provision for two years.
Lava Deo Awasthi, chief at Division of Planning at the ministry, said that they were working to incorporate the technical education into the programme under the HSEB.
“We can also adjust them with the programme run by the Council for the Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT),” he said.
The CTEVT has been running intermediate programmes in agriculture, engineering and IT. CTEVT Member Secretary Ram Hari Lammichhane said the council could accommodate more technical programmes if the ministry allocates necessary budget and human resources.