Apex court issues show cause notice over teachers’ protest

Kathmandu, August 21

The Supreme Court today issued a show cause notice in the name of Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Education, Department of Education, Kathmandu District Administration Office, and Confederation of Nepalese Teachers against CNT staging sit-in protest in front of district education offices across the country and halting the offices’ regular activities.

The teachers affiliated to CNT had staged a sit-in protest on August 14 demanding implementation of past agreements. The SC has summoned MoHA, MoE, DoE, Kathmandu DAO, CNT along with its President Keshav Niraula and General Secretary Tilak Kunwar, on August 26 for a hearing on the court’s interim order to stop another phase of protest programme scheduled for September 6.

Responding to a writ filed by Bishnu Hari Koirala, a teacher from Dhading-based Kalidevi Secondary School, Kamal Prasad Khatiwada, accountant at Dharan-based Public Higher Secondary School, and Shankar Bahadur Kumal, peon at Lagankhel-based Namuna Secondary School on August 18, a single bench of Justice Padam Raj Bhatta issued the show cause notice.

Advocate Kosh Raj Kafle, who has been fighting for the rights of teachers and school employees for long, said teachers were not allowed to stage sit-in protests or halt the regular activities of any office related to education as per the Education Act and Regulations.

CNT has been operating sans registration with Kathmandu DAO.