Nepal School Employees’ Union has demanded that the government
ensure pay and perks of non-teaching staff of community schools across
the country by drafting ‘Service Law’.
The Supreme Court on February 6, 2011 had directed the government to introduce ‘Service Law’ within six months. But the Ministry of Education is yet to implement the order.
Recently, a delegation of NSEU, led by Surendra Prasad Kanu, had met Minister of Education Chitralekha Yadav and urged her to introduce the Service Law as per the apex court order. NSEU had also sought an end to all kinds of discrimination between teaching and non-teaching staff of community schools. According to Kanu, teaching staff have been enjoying pension, medical support, extra holidays and other emoluments whereas non-teaching staff have been deprived of all such facilities.
“As per the SC directives, the Ministry of Education had prepared second modified draft of Education (amended) Regulation 2070 on April 10, 2014 but it is yet to be implemented,” he said. “According to ministry sources, the amended regulation has already been approved by the Ministry of Finance, and will soon be forwarded to the Ministry of Law.”
Kanu also informed that currently non-teaching staff working in secondary schools and lower secondary schools are getting Rs 6,200 monthly while non-teaching staff in primary schools are getting monthly salary ranging between Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,500.
“The Education Act states that school
teachers and school employees shall be treated equally. But there is
huge difference in their salary and other benefits,” he said.
According to a rough estimate, there are more than 20,000 non-teaching staff in community schools across the country.