Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has met the Part-time Teachers’ Association who have led the relay hunger strike from last 6 days in the Tribhuvan University. One of the members of the association Lecturer Yogesh Joshi told the media “ we have presented the memorandum to the PM.”
“PM Deuba has told that he will discuss with Education Minister about what to do further and see what can be done at the moment.” One of the teachers explained that the matter has not been solved because of vice-chancellor being out of country. Problem will be brought into discussion with Education Minister following the VC’s return to country. The total number of part-time teachers in the constituent campuses along with the central campus is one thousand and two hundred. The part-time teachers have been protesting to employ all the part-time teachers on contract basis in the TU affiliated campuses without any terms and conditions.
One of the teachers tells that the campuses have been exploiting the part-time teachers when the full-time teachers are on years long vacations but then do not provide the equal facilities. He explains that the part-time teachers do not ask to be made permanent automatically but for equal opportunities to compete.
Time and again there have been protests by the association of part-time teachers for monthly payment of salary on contract basis.
(Source: Kantipur, 31st July)