27.09.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Private supplementary tutoring on agenda of meeting at National Center for Educational Development

Contributing to the discussion on the relation between private and public education in Nepal, the UNESCO Kathmandu Office and the Nepal National Commission for UNESCO organize today a discussion on private supplementary tutoring on the occasion of the launch of the Nepali version of the publication “Confronting the shadow education system: What government policies for what private tutoring?”.

The book is written by Mark Bray, UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education at the University of Hong Kong, and former Director of International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).  Originally published in English by IIEP in 2009, the study has been translated into several other languages.


Addressing the increasing global phenomenon of private tutoring and the impact it has on the students, society and economy, the author argues that this form of paid-for supplementary education may not always have the most positive outcome for education.  He explores the elements in which contribution to the varied outcomes of private tutoring and what governments are doing to create more beneficial situations.


Today’s two-hour event will be held at the National Center for Educational Development, in Sano Thimi, Bhaktapur. Suresh Man Shrestha, Secretary General of Nepal National Commission for UENSCO and Secretary, Ministry of Education and  Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu  will launch the translated version of the publication.


Mark Bray will introduce his publication and Baburam Adhikari, from the Teachers’ Union of Nepal, B.N. Sharma from the Private and Boarding Schools’ Organization Nepal, and Tanka Nath Sharma, Dean of Kathmandu University, School of Education, will comment on the publication. Education officials, teachers, education experts, university professors, EFA development partners, and media colleagues are expected to participate in the launching ceremony.  

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