KATHMANDU: The government and the agitating teachers' organisations have signed a 14-point pact, following agreements on management of school employees, time-bound promotion, teaching licence, problems of temporary teachers, voluntary retirement, institutional teachers and employees, reinstatement of conflict-hit teachers and adjustment of various levels of teachers.
According to the agreement, schools will create new positions following a set procedure.
The government has agreed to amend the Teachers' Service Commission (TSC) Regulations and Act to facilitate the teachers' promotion.
The two parties also agreed to to hold teaching licence exams and provide condensed training for needy teachers.
It has also been agreed to enact new law to regulate the licensing process under the Teachers' Council (TC).
Until the formation of the TC, a teaching licence management committee will be formed to hold the examination under the coordination of a senior TSC official, as per the pact. The committee comprises a TSC education officer as the member secretary and seven experts, master graduates with 10 years of teaching experience, recommended by teachers' professional organisations.
Some teachers' organisations, however, have expressed dissatisfaction over some points of the pact.
They have maintained that the provision of teaching license should be scrapped considering that its exams were not held on time and that it was not properly regulated, with reports from places of its sale.
The dissenting organisations have demanded that institutional schools be nationalised and that the teachers' job be guaranteed.
The government talks team comprises Education Minister Ram Chandra Kushbaha, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Rakam Chemjong and Minister for Federal Affairs Constituent Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Dr Minendra Rijal.