Teaching license row: Faculty of Education students on war path

2015-03-17

Himalayan News Service

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The Joint Struggle Committee of Education (Faculty of Education) Students today announced protest programmes against the government demanding that the amended provision in the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Regulation be scrapped.

The agitating students had given a three-day ultimatum to the government on March 9 with their six-point demand, including scrapping the provision of allowing students without degree from the Education Faculty to sit for teaching licence exams. 

Last month, the Ministry of Education had amended the Teachers Service Commission Regulation and made the provision allowing students from other faculties too to sit for teaching licence exam.

According to the amended TSC Regulations, students who have completed their Bachelors’ in various subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Accounts, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Livestock and Agronomy could also appear for the teaching license test.

Bijaya Gautam, coordinator of the joint struggle committee said the government remained mum regarding fulfilling the students’ demands thus they were force to stage protest programmes. He said, “The government was not bothered to talk to us to fulfill our genuine demands, thus we announced the first phase of our protest programmes today.”

The agitating students are going to form a struggle committee in all Education Campuses by March 19 and put banners and pamphlets in the campuses with their demands. The students are scheduled to submit a memorandum to all District Education Officers on March 20 and to the Dean of Faculty of Education on March 22.

Likewise, the students are going to stage demonstration before the Education Campus and burn the amended Regulations on March 24.Lastly, they will picket the official residence of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala by displaying the licence received by students on March 31.Gautam said, “Allowing non-Education background students to attend licence exams was not only unfair to students from the Faculty of Education, but would also deprive students of their right to learn from trained and qualified teachers,” adding, “Thus we are going to establish our right and ensure students’ rights at any cost.”He also assured that their protest programme was not going to disturb the upcoming SLC exam. He said, “Our protest programme will be conducted in a peaceful manner and will be held at around 10:00 am so it will not disturb the SLC exam.”

Some demands of the students include Teaching license row: Faculty of Education students on war path the result of the teaching licence exam held on February 28 and March 1, announcing vacancy for vacant posts of permanent teachers and giving constitutional status to TSC.

Around 400,000 students are studying under the Faculty of Education at various universities and 500,000 have already got the teaching licence.