While public education to a certain grade is “free”, parents’ perceive that private schools offer better education compared to public schools. The parents’ perceptions are rightly justified as government schools have become synonymous with a lack of deliverance usually evidenced by poorer pass rates and higher teacher and student absenteeism. On the other hand, private schools are increasingly becoming favored. This could be explained by the simple fact that private schools operate on the basic economic principle of demand and supply; you directly pay for a service and in return are provided with what you have paid for. In the process, private schools are seen as accountable and a relatively more trust-worthy service providers. The poor too, surprisingly, are willing to send their children to low-cost private schools than free community schools and this demand has led to an increasing number of private schools, especially in the urban areas.
The paper, in effect, has identified and outlined the procedural costs and time required to registering a private (primary) school in the Kathmandu. In doing so, the paper has successfully outlined policy and procedural weaknesses that deter potential edupreneurs (education entrepreneurs) from entering the education market in Nepal and put forward suitable recommendations for the same.
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