Better late than never. Political parties in Arghakhanchi have started regretting their interference in the appointment of teachers in government schools.
If they live up to their commitment, the age-old culture of appointing teachers under political pressure is sure to end in the district.
An agreement between the District Education Office (DEO) and local parties stresses that 135 vacant posts will not be filled under parties’ pressure, but through relief quota. The posts had been lying vacant for the past three months owing to parties’ interference.
According to the DEO, 11 teachers have been appointed in seven schools through a fair recruitment process. Records show 70 posts in primary, 33 in lower secondary and 32 in secondary level are yet to be filled.
District chief of CPN-UML Ramji Ghimire said the meeting also agreed to give priority to those teachers who have experience in the field and those from the Dalit community and conflict-hit background while selecting teachers.
District Education Officer Mitramani Khanal said a written and oral examination will be held to select teachers. A five-member selection committee, including three teachers of
different subjects, chairperson of school management commitment, principal of the concerned school, has been
formed to this end. He said that those violating the rules will be subjected to punishment.
Nepali Congress district secretary Basudev Acharya said the parties have urged the DEO to appoint teachers in a fair and transparent way.
Local people have lauded the move. A villager said this might help increase quality of education in Arghakhanchi.
(Source: The Kathmandu Post: Published on July 22)