Late as usual: Delayed delivery of textbooks infringes the right to education of Nepali students

This op-ed was written by the ICJ’s Karuna Parajuli and Timothy Fish Hodgson. It was published on 10 June 2022 by the Kathmandu Post.

Delay in textbook delivery is not a new problem in Nepal—it has plagued the public education system for a long time. Each year, expectant learners turning up to attend school—particularly in the Himalayan districts and other remote areas—face weeks or even months of schooling, deprived of the government prescribed learning materials. The unavailability of textbooks hampers both learning and teaching, as teachers are generally not provided with other instructional materials, and therefore, rely heavily on these books in their lessons.