PABSON should ensure activity-based education to be adopted by its member schools-RB Katuwal

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Mr. R.B. Katuwal was born on 3rd Ashad, 2028 in Falate-2, Dhankuta. He received his early education in Dhankuta and completed his SLC from Jhapa. Subsequently, he completed BL, BA, MA and MPA from Tribhuvan University associate colleges. He has been in teaching profession since last 26 years. In addition, has invested a large sum of money and contributed his talents to the escalation of the status of Nepalese education system by running schools and colleges from private sector.

Having been plunged into the teaching career from Moonlight School as the Principal in 2049 BS, Mr. Katuwal founded Nexus International School in Sinamangal Town Planning with the enrollment of more than 200 students in 2005 AD. The school offers a range of classes from kindergarten level to grade ten. It is an ISO certified school (ISO 9001:2008). Now, more than one thousand students are studying here. He is also the Founder Chairperson of Juggle Boarding High School, Chautara and a board member at Ambition Academy/College, Kathmandu.

After joining the PABSON as a district committee member and central committee member in 2052 BS he was elected organizational secretary of the PABSON Central Committee at 13th National Convention. And he has already shown his performance as Deputy General Secretary during the 14th National Convention. Mr. Katwal possesses dynamic leadership and is dedicated and committed to the profession he has adopted. He has observed the status and various phases of private education in Nepal very closely and has become stalwart to overcome existing obstacles that the PABSON is facing now. So, he has announced his nomination for the post of General Secretary at the 15th National Convention of PABSON.

Mr. Katuwal has shared his strategy plan, vision and mission of the PABSON with College Readers. Excerpts:

Current Status of PABSON

It’s been three decades since the formal opening of private schools in Nepal. The PABSON was established with a vision to bring all the private educational institutions of Nepal under a common umbrella. Since its establishment, the PABSON has been committed to conducting and facilitating productive educational programs to private schools and unify them to pursue a common goal. Apart from these, it also ensures that it plays a role of the guardian of all the private educational institutions to assist the community people with life-enhancing education as part of corporate social responsibility. The dynamic role that the PABSON has been playing is never underappreciated from the stakeholders and the public. In this regard, the PABSON confirms to work more diligently in coming days to never let go of these trusted dogmas. I, as the candidate of General Secretary of the PABSON, will make utmost efforts in transforming this organization into a better one.

Projects that need to be accomplished by PABSON

  1. Assurance of Quality education:

Parents and guardians seem to be satisfied with the education that private schools have been imparting. The results of private schools in NEB board examinations are always commendable. However, there is a lot that needs to be amended. The question, “Are grades compliment for students’ learning efficiency?” always strikes us. It has been proven multiple times that private schools perform better than public schools, but we still have to work on the holistic development of students including their academic progress. National Curriculum Center has already confirmed that we have to take references of all the latest pedagogies and teaching strategies, and most private institutions have already worked on this from the fundamental stage. Therefore, private schools have been successful in drawing the attention of both parents and students.

  • Teaching Abilities of Educators:

Many questions are raised when it comes to training and professional development of private school teachers. Although there are rumors that unqualified teachers are holding a teacher’s license, untrained teachers who have never understood child psychology are hired by private institutions, which is completely incomprehensible. There could be an exception, but most teachers of private institutions are honest and responsible for their given tasks. On the contrary, honest and responsible teachers are rare privileges of government schools.

Moreover, if private educators hold work ethics and profession responsibility even with fewer training privileges, what would be their status if they are facilitated with regular training sessions? We are sure private institutions would be able to accommodate a high number of motivated teachers. Despite this, people assert various irresponsible statements that it is useless to train the teachers of private institutions as it is just water pouring into sand. A trained teacher is more capable than an untrained teacher under all circumstances. To bring this issue into the limelight and take the lead, the PABSON itself is planning to provide regular training and seminars to teachers of private institutions.

  • Leadership Skill of School Principals:

A principal is not only the owner of a school. S/he is also an administrator, social leader, and above all an educational politician who is supposed to be an example for everyone associated with the institution. S/he decides who should moderate which subject, how to build a better school, how to ensure safe learning mechanisms for students, how to help the academically incompetent students, how to introduce new teaching strategies, how to link teachers with practical education and technical assets, how to monitor the discipline and character of students for their overall growth, how to make them independent and so on. To fulfill all these needs, the PABSON helps its member schools across the nation by organizing a range of academic training, workshops and seminars which will not only sharpen the teaching techniques of teachers also help them strengthen their stewardship skills.

  • Necessity of Educational Research, Reforms and Students’ Holistic Development:

Time is ever-changing. Yesterday’s right method of teaching may not be effective today. Traditional ways of teaching have been replaced by experiential teaching and learning activities. Educational sector should always be a step ahead of other sectors. These things should reflect in our classroom etiquettes and life learnings. Reformed mindset and progressive thinking should be cultivated to bring these reforms. It is essential that classroom learnings are innovative. But wait, who should ensure these reforms? Who should take these visions into classrooms? How to ensure whether or not they are effective? In this regard, the PABSON has decided to bear this responsibility. The Central Board of Directors of PABSON will conduct research on various ways to develop its member schools with regular planning, formulating, piloting, monitoring, and volunteering for further improvements.

  • Introduction of Skills, Culture and Technology to Academia:

Private schools have been alleged constantly for being incapable of retaining their students in the native land after ten-plus-two education. In this context, the PABSON has to take a lead on creating employment opportunities for its students and deploying their value in the world market. Along with this, the PABSON should also work on moral development of students. It should be a matter of concern about associating our social norms and values, culture, religion, lifestyle and patriotism with students in their courses. In addition, the inclusion of technical subjects and its practical implementation should be ensured.

  • Establishment of Model Schools by PABSON:

What should be a school like and what should be the layout of classrooms including its infrastructures? What should be the teachers like and their teachings? How about the result format and criteria of grading? In order to answer these questions, the PABSON must build a model school. If many are not possible, the PABSON should make at least 7 model schools in the 7 provinces of Nepal and provide suggestions to the government and guidelines to its member schools. These model schools can carry any themes, such as educational, technological, technical, inclusive and so on. If the PABSON succeeds in doing so, it can be a world-class competitor from Nepal in educational sector.

  • Globalization of Nepalese Private Schools in the World

Private schools are facultative in any country. They should be able to establish themselves as a global brand regardless of compulsive government influence and investment. The PABSON should show a concern about globalizing Nepalese private schools in the world.

Message to the PABSONists

We should understand that if the PABSON exists, there is assurance of sustainability of private educational institutions in Nepal. So, the incoming leader should be capable, understandable, passionate, stalwart and audacious so that s/he could advocate for the rights of private institutions. Moreover, s/he should be able to abstain from any irrelevant political influences being apolitical throughout his/his tenure.

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