Hope for temporary teachers

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Minister for Education Ganga Lal Tuladhar today said relief for temporary teachers is on the cards.

Tuladhar, speaking at a two-day seminar of principals of schools have been running classes from Grade I to VIII under the School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP), said the package will be brought through the new education act, which is awaiting cabinet approval.

Tuladhar informed that the new package will allow the temporary teachers, ‘suffering due to the government’s failure’ to announce vacancies for permanent teachers, to participate in both open and internal exams for permanent status without age bar.

He also urged the teachers to shun bandhs in schools in the name of pressing the government to address their demands.

“All sectors had hailed the declaration that recognised schools as a zone of peace. It is shameful to call strikes despite the declaration,” he added.

Tuladhar also urged the teachers to discharge their duties properly to ensure quality education.

On the occasion, Kathmandu District Education Officer Babu Kaji Karki hailed the government’s recent decision to arrange chance exams foer eighth graders, who have failed to make it through. He asked the government to arrange such exams for students from Grade I to IX.

“Nearly one-and-a-half million more students will pass the exams and nine billion rupees can be saved if the government introduces chance exams,” said Karki. More than 200 principals and teachers from various schools in Kathmandu are participating in the seminar.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)