Ministry bid to create 20,000 vacancies in public schools


Himalayan News Service

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KATHMANDU: The Education Ministry is preparing to table a bill in Parliament to create new vacancies for teachers in government-run schools across the country.

The Education Bill (eighth amendment) has proposed golden handshake — as well as other options — for temporary teachers, who have been demanding permanent status, to create 20,000 vacancies in public school and reinstate teachers displaced by conflict, said Education Minister Dina Nath Sharma.

Sharma said new teachers would be joining the service for the first time since 1996. His remarks come as the government has been drawing flak for failing to inject young blood into the education sector.

Talking to this daily, Sharma said the bill, which will be tabled in Parliament on November 28, proposes various options for temporary teachers. They can accept a golden handshake package or compete with their peers to continue in the profession. If they fail in the Teachers Service Commission exam, they will be paid only half of the golden handshake money, the bill proposes. The package will be worth Rs 1 lakh to three lakhs depending upon service.

“Teachers who want to continue in their profession should at least pass the examination conducted by Teachers Service Commission,” said Sharma. The bill is also instrumental for implementing the School Sector Reform Plan, 2009-15.

Likewise, Minister Sharma has proposed that teachers displaced during the conflict, believed to be around 200, be reinstated.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)