Sanghiya Loktantrik Ganatantra Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation of south Asia. Geographic location has made Nepal's economy dependent on trade relations with India. Extended periods of political turmoil and escalating violence have worsened its already poor economy. Considered among the poorest of developing countries, its debilitated national economy has stunted the growth of both formal and vocational education in the country.

History and Social Structure

Nepal has a complex caste system comparable to the jati and varna systems of neighboring India. In terms of differential access to economic and social capital, including education, Nepali population could be divided into three functional class categories—elite, middle, and peasant classes that roughly correspond with the caste hierarchies, with the ruling elites largely hailing from educated higher castes. In recent ...

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