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Secondary Education Regional Information Base: Country Profile NEPAL
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This publication is part of series of Secondary Education Regional Information Base Country Profiles developed by the Education Policy and Reform(EPR)Unit in collaboration with the Assessment, Information Systems, Monitoring and Statistics (AIMS) Unit and other relevant UNESCO Field Offices. Technical assistance was provided by UNESCO Kathmandu. The project receives a generous financial contribution from the Japanese Government.The formal education system before higher education in Nepal is divided into five levels: 1)pre-primary or early childhood education for three to four years of age; 2)primary education (Grade 1-5), which caters to five to nine year-old children; 3)lower secondary education (Grade 6-8) for ten to twelve year-old children; 4)secondary education (Grade 9-10) for thirteen and forteen year-olds; and 5) higher secondary education (Grade 11-12)for fifteen and sixteen year-olds. Secondary education generally refers to Grade 6 -12, covering three distinct levels of education, i.e. lower secondary, secondary, and higher secondary education. Before the Interim Constitution of 2007 took effect, which ensures free provision of primary and secondary education, only primary education was provided free of charge for all children and secondary education was free only for female students and children from low caste(Dalit), poor, and ethnic minorities (Janajatis)in accordance with the Education Act of 1971. The free provision of secondary education is on a step by step basis. At present, the government is trying to expand basic education to include lower secondary level, ultimately aiming at the establishment of an 8-year basic education programme (current primary+lower secondary) followed by 4-year secondary education (current secondary + higher secondary). According to the Education
for All National Plan of Action 2001-2015 (EFA-NPA), expanded basic education will be implemented on a pilot basis in 2012. More recently, the ongoing School Sector Reform aims to pilot 8-year basic education in 2007/08 for three years, and full implementation from 2009/10 onward.
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UNESCO ,   (2008 )
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PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, RURAL EDUCATION, SCIENCE EDUCATION, SECONDARY EDUCATION, SPECIAL EDUCATION, EDUCATION SYSTEM, PRIMARY EDUCATION, DALIT, FINANCING, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE, STUDENT PROMOTION, STUDENT ASSESSMENT, PRIVATE EDUCATION, COMMUNITY SCHOOL, EQUITY, EDUCATION ACT, TECHNICAL EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL TRAINNING, DECENTRALIZATION, NEPALI SOCIETY, ETHNICITY, EDUCATION REGULATION, KEY POLICY DOCUMENTS, INTERIM CONSTITUTION
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 UNESCO : Educational, Scientific and Cultural
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11.01.00  -  Educational Policy And Planning
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