As the government prepares to end the decade-long problem related to temporary teachers by reserving them 40 percent seats in permanent vacancies, teachers’ associations have demanded it to be 50 percent.
The Ministry of Education has finalised the amendment to the existing Education Act which envisions reservation of 40 percent seats or golden handshake for temporary teachers who don’t want to compete for permanent posting. Submitting a memorandum to Education Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav on Friday, Nepal Teacher’s Union (NTU), close to Nepal Congress, demanded that the reservation be increased by 10 percent. The union has claimed that it will be injustice to thousands of temporary teachers, who are working for decades, if they don’t get reservation of at least half of the total vacancies.
According to the amendment bill, all temporary teachers recruited before July 2010 can compete for the reserved positions while those who don’t want to compete will be offered between Rs 100,000-Rs 500,000 on the basis of their service period in the form of golden handshake.
The golden handshake will be provided in three categories of service terms: 5-10 years, 10 to 15 years and 15 years and above. Those under the first category will be entitled to an amount equal to 15 days’ salary for each service year, while those under the second and third categories will be paid one month’s salary and 45 days’ salary of each year of service period. However, those who fail to succeed in the competition will not be eligible for the golden handshake scheme.
“The union will launch stern protests if our demands are not addressed,” read the statement issued by the NTU, which has claimed that Minister Yadav is positive towards their demands.
Though the ministry had announced to end the temporary posting of teachers by 2014, their terms was extended to 2018 due to delay in the endorsing the Act to clear the legal hurdles for internal competition and golden handshake. According to the ministry. 40,000 temporary teachers are working under 16 different categories while around 23,000 permanent positions are lying vacant. Last year, the Teachers’ Service Commission had announced vacancies for around 13,000 positions.