Temporary teachers and ministry of Education reach deal for equal pay

2015-01-05

Ekantipur

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A majority of teachers associations withdrew their protests on Wednesday after the Ministry of Education agreed to pay them salary equal to their permanent colleagues.

A meeting of the three teachers’ associations and the a government team led by Education Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav on Tuesday evening reached a two-point agreement paving the way to end the ongoing protests.

According to the agreement, the Ministry of Education will release the increased salary of all temporary teachers before Dashain and urge the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to allocate the salary for the administrative staffs at schools. Around half of dozen teachers’ association had launched a series of protests after the MoF on September 18 decided not to release the increased salary to teachers working on temporary, contract and relief quota basis and to administrative staffers of schools.

“We have decided to withdraw the protests following the agreement,” said Lal Bahadur BC, chairman of the All Nepal National Teachers Association close to UCPN (Maoist). The protesting unions had padlocked account sections of 75 District Education Offices and were picketing in the Department of Education. The Temporary Teachers’ Struggle Commitee, however, has said that the ministry reached the agreement without its consent.

The government through the budget speech this year had hiked the salary of all the government employees by 10 percent along with the monthly allowance of Rs 1,000. But the MoF was not in favour of releasing the increased salary to 50,000 temporary teachers.

Earlier, the MoF had also refused to provide uniform allowance to temporary teachers and the university employees.