Agitating students from the Faculty of Education of Tribhuvan University today drew the attention of their Dean towards the government’s decision to allow non-education students to sit for teaching licence exam and compete for permanent post of teachers. Bijaya Gautam, coordinator of Faculty of Education Students Joint Struggle Committee, said they held a meeting with the Dean Prof Dr Prakash Man Shrestha, and drew his attention towards the government decision.
Last month, Ministry of Education had amended the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Regulation and brought in the provision of allowing graduates of all faculties to sit for teaching licence exam. The ones who pass the exam could apply for vacant post of permanent teachers.According to the amended TSC Regulations, graduates of English, Mathematics, Science, Accounts, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Livestock and Agronomy could also appear in the teaching licence test.
The students, however, have been demanding that the government scrap the decision. They have also urged that graduates of Faculty of Education be prioritised for sitting for teaching license exam and exam for permanent position of teachers. Gautam stated that the students wanted the authorities of Faculty of Education to openly protest the government decision. He said, “If the decision is wrong, the Faculty of Education should strongly put forward its view to press the concerned and ask them to correct the decision. But, if they think the decision is correct, we should understand that there always were some flaws in our curriculum.”
Addressing students, Prof Dr Shrestha said he was familiar with the government decision and was holding a meetings to discuss it. He said, “After the students’ delegation to address the issue, I will call the subject committees of all subjects under Faculty of Education to review whether there are any flaws in the curriculum and do the needful.”
He informed that the three-year Bachelors’ in Education course would soon be made into a four-year Bachelors course. “We are developing the fourth year curriculum to provide four-year Bachelors’ degree programme in Education to aspiring students,” he added. The students have also submitted a six-point demand to Education Minister, Education Secretary and TSC to correct the decision.