Principal, Adarsha Vidya Mandir (AVM) Higher Secondary School, Manbhawan, Lalitpur

1. The future of Nepal literally rests on your shoulders, what does that mean to you? How big of a responsibility is it?
We being the primary stakeholders in preparing the foundation to competent citizens for the nation, definitely hold a huge responsibility. Being in this line I feel, one has to immerse oneself to one’s duty. A guide or a mentor plays a vital role in uplifting ones students not only academically but also provide strong foundation in building up their character, so that they would be one day, the best of the citizens. I feel proud to say that AVM has been able to generate innumerable doctors, engineers, lawyers, bankers, business entrepreneurs, politicians, pilots and army men for the service of the nation, and will be continuing the legacy to produce nation builders in the future too.

 

2. How hectic is your job? Your daily routine?
In my opinion, every job can be tiring and hectic. However, If there is a sense of dedication towards ones work, one who forgets oneself in ones work and gives 100% efforts for the betterment, never gives up. As far as my job is concerned, it can be sometimes round the clock. I sometimes have to keep myself so busy that I hardly get time for my family. While talking about today’s routine, I was out from my home at 6:15 AM to reach the school for the supervision of Grade XI Board exam and returned at 6:30 PM after buying some daily needs for my home.

 

3. How often do you meet with your students? When you see them, what do you think/are reminded of?
Meeting students happens throughout school time and there is no certainty as I go to the classes whenever possible. I sometimes feel envious that the students of today are so lucky to have been born in this era with optimum facilities and resources at their disposal. Also looking at them, I am reminded of my school days and feel sad that it is never going to come back. I wish it could be re-winded.

 

On the education of Nepal

4. Where do you think Nepali schools stand compared to the international ones?
Rather than comparing the schools on the grounds of infrastructure and physical status, I would like to say that the team working behind it counts and they are the ones who make difference. I myself, being in this line have noted that people rarely want to pursue a career of a teacher as a profession. Many who follow this line have landed on this field not because they wanted to but as an optional choice of career. That’s why the attachment that is seen with ones job doesn’t come from within and wholeheartedly and on the other hand neither the government sees for the growth of this profession. The irony is that government schools have 100% of trained teachers whereas the private schools’ trained teachers’ percentage drastically lacks in comparison.

 

5. Do you think schools in Nepal are shaping children to be intelligent citizens that the future needs, and perhaps deserves?
Schools cannot be considered good unless the facilitators are sound in knowledge and capable in handling the raw ones. The crux of the matter lies in how scientific and practical knowledge we are delivering. Now-a-days, much of the emphasis is given for academic, extra curricular growth but how focused are we in developing a child to be a person who is capable of leading a dignified, independent and respectful life, is a million dollar question.