Nepal Teachers' Federation launched the Kathmandu-based protest today, expressing dissatisfaction over some provisions in the Federal Education Bill registered in the Federal Parliament. The Federation refusing to attend a meeting summoned by the Minister for Education, Science, and Technology for Tuesday has launched the protest at the local Maitighar Mandala.
It says the Minister could not address school teachers' concerns regarding the Bill. Until last year, 157,354 teachers, including permanent, temporary, and appointed on relief quota in 27,343 community schools nationwide. The number of students is 538,200. Teachers and school staff from various districts in the country gathered in the federal capital and participated in the protest.
The Bill proposes the local units have the authority to transfer and evaluate teachers, and the Federation wants this authority to remain within the federal government. The Federations have been advocating for the permanency of teachers appointed on a temporary basis, the creation of sufficient quota for school employees, addressing the issues of child class teachers remaining outside the school structure, regular opportunities for promotion, right evaluation of performance, transfer opportunities of teachers and so on.
Federation general secretary Laxmi Koshore Subedi has said the Federation has urged teachers and employees across the country to arrive in Kathmandu to take part in the protest. He complained that the Bill failed to address agreements between the government and the Federation on February 21, 2019, and February 21, 2022.
The Bill aimed to revise the education acts and integrate them was registered in the House of Representatives on September 13.