Four-point deal with temporary teachers

KATHMANDU: The agitating temporary school teachers have ended the hunger strike following a four-point deal with the Ministry of Education.

The talks held at the Ministry in presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Gopal Man Shrestha and representatives of Nepal Teachers Federation, concluded with an agreement to give a chance to sit for exams to all temporary teachers for permanence and provide remuneration if they failed in the exams.

Those securing 40 marks in the exaam would be permanent.

Earlier, the Education Act Eight Amendment (2072) had stated that those seeking financial benefits should have lodged application if they were not willing to attend the internal examination.

But, as per the agreement today, those failing in the exams too would be provided with health care service. For this to happen, Education Act should be amended

Likewise, both sides have agreed to form an 11-member task force comprising the representatives of Ministry, Federation and temporary teachers to determine the ratio of vacant posts in free and internal competitions. The task force would submit its report within 15 days.

Likewise, an agreement has been made to do more homework for ensuring reforms in curriculum, question grids and examinations.

Joint Secretary Hari Lamsal, Chair of Federation Keshav Niraula and Committee's Chair Hemnath Chaulagain signed in the agreement paper.

After the agreement, Secretary at the Ministry Shanta Bahadur Shrestha broke the teachers' hunger strike by offering juice.