Three out of 11 local levels of Kathmandu yet to implement local curriculum

KATHMANDU, September 1: Three out of 11 local levels of Kathmandu district have not yet implemented the local curriculum.

The constitution has given responsibility to the local level to implement the local curriculum as a subject at basic level.

Though the local levels have full authority to finalize the matters like the language, content to be included and from when to start teaching –learning activities of the local curriculum, Nagarjun, Tokha and Kirtipur municipalities have not been able to implement it yet.

The two municipalities, Nagarjun and Tokha, have said that preparation has been made to implement the local curriculum from this academic session while Kirtipur municipality said it would start teaching-learning in local curriculum once coronavirus pandemic subsides.

The eight local levels have been teaching the local curriculum. Most of the local levels implementing the local curriculum have chosen Nepali language for the teaching and learning purpose.

The Kathmandu Metropolis and the Kirtipur Municipality have selected the Nepal Bhasa as the local language to be taught at schools. The Gokarneshwor Municipality is the first local level in Kathmandu to prepare local curriculum and to implement it in the form of school textbook since the past three years. Other local levels implementing the constitutional provision are the Chandragiri, Shankharapur, Dakshinkali, Kageshwori Manohara, and Budhanilkantha municipalities.

The Article 32 of the Constitution which is about the Right to Language and Culture has guaranteed each person and community the right to use their mother language, to participate in the cultural life of its community and to preserve and promote its language, script, culture, cultural civilization and heritage, defining it as the fundamental rights of the people.

As per this Constitutional right, provision has been made by the local levels to themselves teach the local curriculum as one paper of 100 full marks in the community and institutional schools under them.

KMC has started teaching the local curriculum in the Nepal Bhasa language since the last academic session. The rest of the local governments in Kathmandu have been managing the teaching local curriculum from the existing teachers while KMC has hired and managed teachers on its own resources for this purpose.