Butwal has proven itself to be an ideal hub for globally acclaimed qualifications

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Gopal Prasad Acharya, the Principal of Horizon Gautam Buddha School, is also the president of Nepal Mathematics Society of Lumbini Province. He is an MA, MPhil in Mathematics. He has more than two-decade involvement in private education sector in Nepal. Mr. Acharya has shared his view on the present status and trend of ten-plus-two education in Nepal. Here is a concise interview:

You have acquired more than two-decade long involvement in education sector. Based on your experience, how do you analyze the +2 education in the present context?

In my view, ten-plus-two level is the foundation of pre-university education. It is the turning point that defines a particular route or journey for higher education. It is such a stage that helps in preparing the background and foundation as well as fixing the way to go to a particular field of university education. If a student chooses biology, it directs him/her towards medical field, and a physics student should embark on engineering field.

Regarding the behavior of students, ten-plus-two education is quite different from the school education up to SEE. In this level, students have to develop capability, confidence and autonomy to handle their personal problems themselves. However, the students up to SEE level are handled, guided and controlled by teachers and the parents.

At the present context, how is ten-plus-two qualification is considered in Nepal?

In my analysis, from the perspective of enrollment, about 95% of SEE graduates join ten-plus-two course and only 5 % of them embark on other sectors, such as Nursing, CTEVT and other technical fields.  Similarly, from the perspective of course content, it is a pre-university course that prepares students to be eligible and capable of coping with challenges in university education.

Do you think the present curriculum is sufficient for producing globally competitive and competent graduates?

In my experience, the overall course content is satisfactory, but there are some ostentatious problems in the process of developing syllabus.  The curriculum is designed by the university level experts who don’t seem to have any experience of ten-plus-two level course. It has created insurmountable problems in the entire education system. So, there are many loopholes in the +2 level curriculums. To be specific, the current curriculums have no cohesion and some of the course contents are extraneous, and some course contents fail to assess the level-wise efficiency of students.

The attraction of students for Kathmandu-based colleges has not diminished despite appealing colleges established beyond the valley. Do you think the institutions of outside valley are not efficient in giving quality assurance for career hopefuls?

The trend has abruptly reduced now. Many colleges are quite efficient to maintain international standard quality. The numbers of reputed colleges out of valley are imparting globally acclaimed qualifications. Still, some students who want to study being free from their familial issues think of going to Kathmandu. However, most colleges outside the valley have been able to produce competent human resources who have contested in IOM and medical entrance exams and achieved a phenomenal success.

Since curricular, cocurricular and extra-curricular activities are identical in most colleges, but why should students join this college for higher education?

Our college itself is an ISO certified institution for delivering quality education and showing high level of stewardship. We have been delivering quality education through subject experts. Besides, we have established a separate department for cocurricular and extra-curricular activities focusing on the holistic development of children. Additional professional courses are provided to the students. Similarly, establishing students counseling board, formation of Alumni, different clubs for developing exposure of the students etc. are our efforts which underpin our untiring efforts for quality assurance.

In spite of broader counseling for students, they are still in confusion about choosing a right college and a right subject in ten-plus-two level. In your perspectives, what things are to be considered by the SEE graduates for their further education? In my opinion, the priority should be given to individual interests in choosing a right subject. In addition, students should choose a relevant subject analyzing his/her basic knowledge and skills required for a particular field.  So, students are advised to evaluate their own aptitude and capability themselves and be judicious career seekers apart from infrastructure, job placement facility, institutional acclamation and sustainability and congenial academic environment.

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