Agitating teachers to stage a sit-in protest in front of Department of Education

2015-01-07

Himalayan News Service

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Nepal Educational Republic Forum (NERF) is all set to stage a sit-in protest in front of the Department of Education (DoE) from August 3 to exert pressure on the government to fulfil their demands.

Hom Kumar Thapa, president, Nepal Institutional Schools Teachers Union (Nepal-ISTU) today said the government had been staying mum on addressing their demands, therefore the teachers had to stage stern protest programme to exert pressure on the government to fulfil their demands at the earliest.

The teachers have been demanding that the government implement the agreement reached in the past. The agitating teachers have demanded equal pay and perks for teachers and school employees on par with government school teachers and employees. 

Thapa said, “We don’t want the government to sack temporary teachers who have years of experience, while appointing fresh teachers in schools. Rather, they should be made permanent through internal competition as committed earlier.” If temporary teachers are to be dismissed, it should be done on the basis of work experience in descending order, he added.

Last week, the agitating teachers had staged sit-in in front of 75 District Education Offices (DEOs) for three days.

NERF is going to stage a sit-in protest before DoE for three days from August 3. Likewise, it is going to halt all works at DEOs for another three days from August 6 by prohibiting the staff from entering the office.

Before the sit-in protest, it will be organising interaction programmes on teachers’ and school employees’ demands and other current issues. 

Likewise, a delegation of teachers will be meeting leaders of political parties to draw their attention towards their demands.

NERF has already conducted talks with Education Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav, but she has been expressing helplessness blaming the bureaucracy for delay in action, he added.