The examination to make temporary teachers permanent is finally to be held from Chaitra 23. The examination was cancelled two times, first time in Asadh due to the rainy season and the second time in Bhadra due to the protest of the dissatisfied teachers.
The Administrative Chief of the Commission Tulsi Prasad Thapaliya has said that all the preparation for the teachers license examination have completed. About 22 thousand 76 temporary teachers are being made permanent on the basis of post fulfillment. Currently the commission is in the process of fixing the centers and sending the question papers. Some temporary teachers have expressed their dissatisfaction towards the examination. However, the Ministry of Education and the teachers’ professional organizations, all are positive towards the examination.
According to the 9th amendment of the Education act, government is making 75% of the temporary teachers permanent through the internal examination and the failed teachers are being departed by the golden handshake program.
A total of 23 thousand 2 hundred and 85 teachers from across the community schools of the country have applied for the 22 thousand and 76 permanent positions. Examination is being taken on the basis of three categories of the teachers, the ones who were appointed before 2049, Poush 02, then after from Poush 02 to 2061 Shrawan 21 and those form Shrawan 21 to 2072 Aswin 02. Teachers securing 40% marks will be declared pass and given the permanent teaching license. The 9th amendment was made by the proposal of the-then Education Minister Gopal Man Shrestha. He had been blamed for coming under political pressure and reserving seats through the internal examination only. Students and various concerned education experts have been demanding for open competition for providing the license.
Despite of the easy exam format through the 9th amendment, some of the temporary teachers are insistent on not giving the examination. A group of teachers have even started the protest and campaign demanding the automatic permanent teaching license and cancellation of the examination. The group is running the indefinite protest in Bhadrakali of Kathmandu. They have said that all the temporary teachers should be made permanent by a common procedure. Only 75% to be made permanent is an unfair procedure. Additionally, the protest also demands for letting the teachers appointed after 2072 to participate in the examination. According to education expert, Bidhyanath Koirala, to conduct the examination according to the new amendment against the 8th Education Act is in itself against the law.
Commission has stated that in the 8th amendment there was provision of making only 49% temporary teachers by the easy examination procedure of securing only 40%. Currently, 75% of the teachers are being given the license on passing the exam with only 40%, yet the fixation of teachers to demand for the cancellation of the exam is an indicator of being hesitant to evaluate their potential, states the Teachers Service commission.
The exam centers are located in Kathmandu, Jhapa, Pokhara, Banke and Kanchanpur in a total number of 116. The commission has instructed the District Examination Coordination Committee having Chief District Officer as the coordinator to conduct the exams. The admit card will be given from the exam centers. Teachers Service Commission will still have 2 thousand 8 hundred positions vacant after the internal competition to provide the license.