School Reopening Framework 2020

In the need for clear guidance for schools to reopen in the conext of Covid-19, the Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology released the guideline on “School reopening framework in the
context of COVID-19” on 7 November 2020. Major highlights from the framework include:

  • Local governments can make decision on reopening/reclosing or keeping the schools closed
    based on the assessment of the risks involved for COVID transmission at local level.
  • Before reopening the schools, local governments must coordinate with district COVID response
    management centre.
  • For those schools which have been used as quarantine or isolation sites for COVID, they need to
    ensure implementation of standard public health security protocols recommended by Ministry
    of Health, including disinfection of the schools, before reopening the schools.
  • Local governments can decide on running the schools in different modalities depending on the
    local situation, such as conducting all the classes in the school at the same time as in normal
    situation, or running classes in different times for different levels/grades in different shifts, or
    conducting classes only few days in a week, or only a few hours in a day.

For further details, follow this link: Government of Nepal School Reopening Framework – English.pdf (unicef.org)

Research on Financing Gap in Education

This study explores the trends and patterns of budget allocated in the heading of current and capital budget and its sufficiency to improve the quality of schools for education. The study was conducted by National Campaign for Education Nepal (NCE-Nepal) with support from Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF), Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) and Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Access the full report here:

http://ncenepal.org.np/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Education-Financing-Gap-research-report.pdf

Costing Study on Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) in Nepal

The study by World Bank and UNICEF Nepal provides cost estimates of improving existing and introducing new inputs to improve the quality of ECED in Nepal.

Access the full report here:

https://www.unicef.org/nepal/sites/unicef.org.nepal/files/2020-08/Nepal%20ECED%20Costing%20Study.pdf

Nepal Risk Outlook: Education Policy Brief

The “Nepal Risk Outlook” portal is a collaborative effort of Nepal Institute for Policy Research
(NIPoRe) and Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS). Major recommendations of the
the third edition of its Policy Brief (which focuses on COVID-19 and education) include:

The government must redouble efforts to meet its targets in digitizing the education sector by making ICT usage compulsory in schools, strengthening ICT infrastructure at schools and universities and providing the required trainings to the teaching and non-teaching staff members.

  • The Ministry of Education should provide No Objection Certificates it issued for students
    travelling abroad to the missions, the Ministry of Home (Immigration Department), and the
    Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Security issued to migrant workers.
  • Department of Immigration should keep track of and publish monthly and annual data of students travelling abroad segregated by destination countries and the city there, and put the data on its website.
  • Upon their arrival, Nepalis staying long term in the destination countries should be required to
    make online registration at the mission offering their contact details – their name, university
    and college, or companies of affiliation, and their address.
  • Academic institutions should invest in developing learning environments and tools for the
    current and future emergency situations.
  • Tech firms should work in close collaboration with the key GoN stakeholders in the education sector to develop feasible technology-driven tools and techniques in facilitating teaching.

For more details, follow this link: https://bit.ly/NROPolicyBrief03