Delay in appointments of top officials has crippled the Higher Secondary Education Board, the apex body for running the 10+2 system in the country.
Positions of vice-chairperson, member secretary and chiefs of administration division and affiliation division are currently vacant, as a result of which even day-to-day work has been hampered at the HSEB. The delay in appointments has been attributed to politics. The HSEB is no exception when it comes to appointments, as the process starts only after political parties ‘reach a deal’ on who gets what.
Four-year tenures of both vice chairperson Hem Kumar Mishra and member secretary Bhim Lal Gurung ended on September 27. They had gone on leave from last week of August.
Devi Prasad Barakoti, who was the chief of affiliation division, was suspended after he was caught red-handed by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority nine months ago while receiving bribe.
The a administration division has been headless for quite some time.
Mishra and Gurung, who have completed their four-year terms, were appointed at the recommendation of Madhesi parties and the CPN-UML respectively.
Madhes-based parties during their meeting with Education Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav in August had urged her to appoint one of the professors close to Madhes-based parties as the vice-chairman of the HSEB.
HSEB employees who are close to the UML have been demanding that either the post of vice-chairman or member secretary be given to someone close to the party. For Minister Yadav, a quick decision is going to be tough, as she belongs to the Nepali Congress.
“Prompt appointments could have made HSEB’s work easier,” said Acting Member Secretary Narayan Koirala who is also the Spokesperson for the HSEB.
Currently, Education Minister Yadav is in India on a visit.