Kathmandu, June 23: The agitating temporary schoolteachers have ended the hunger strike following a four-point deal with the Ministry of Education.
The talks held at the Ministry in presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Gopal Man Shrestha and representatives of Nepal Teachers Federation, concluded with an agreement to give a chance to sit for exams to all temporary teachers for permanence and provide remuneration if they failed in the exams.
Those securing 40 marks would be permanent.
Earlier, the Education Act Eight Amendment (2072) had stated that those seeking financial benefits should have lodged application if they were not willing to attend the internal examination.
But, as per the agreement today, those failing in the exams too would be provided with health care service besides fixed by the Act. However, Education Act should be amended for the implementation of the deal.
Likewise, both sides have agreed to form an 11-member taskforce comprising the representatives of Ministry, Federation and temporary teachers to determine the ratio of vacant posts in free and internal competitions. The taskforce would submit its report within 15 days.
Likewise, agreement has been made to do more homework for ensuring reforms in curriculum, question grids and examinations.
Joint Secretary Dr Hari Lamsal, Chair of Federation Keshav Niraula and Committee's Chair Hemnath Chaulagain signed in the agreement paper.
After the agreement, Secretary at the Ministry Shanta Bahadur Shrestha broke the teachers' hunger strike by offering juice. RSS; Photo Ratna Shrestha