Education agents in Nepal are searching for further clarification after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology publicized it would discontinue authorizing travel documents for students going through certain levels of education, effectively barring them from overseas studies.
The choice, made in a declaration in early June, will see the ministry no longer problem a “No Objection letter” for Nepalese students who wish to undertake standalone vocational and languages studies.
Under the country’s Scholarships Act, students should receive a no objection letter from the education ministry before they are able to study overseas.
Based on the notice, signed by ministry undersecretary Maheshwor Sharma, the decision will simply affect students undertaking a standalone program, whilst students who undertake a vocational or language course as a pathway to university will still receive the requisite travel documents.
Executive chairman of education consultancy Alfa Beta Group Dwiraj Sharma stated the decision would have a substantial impact on the vocational sectors of several nations and the ability of education agents to promote certain types of study abroad.
“There is a fear among the companies and students looking at studying vocational and language programs overseas,” he said.
Sharma, who is also the head of AAERI Nepal, added he trusted the ministry’s decision was due to several incidences of Nepalese students being caught out by unscrupulous providers, especially in Australia and Japan, but the organization was seeking further clarification.
“We are still attempting to understand why this decision was taken,” he told The PIE News.
“I am with the trust that it is going to be withdrawn by the Ministry of Education.”
While it is assumed the decision is in reaction to the behavior of Australian providers, Sharma pointed all nations would be affected. Nepalese students are presently the third largest cohort of international students in Australia and saw a 51% increase in 2018.