More teachers sought for higher secondary schools

Lalitpur, July 11:

Teachers of the higher secondary schools today flayed the Higher Secondary Education Board and the government for failing to create quotas for teachers in the schools.

They said some 15,000 teachers have been teaching in higher secondary schools across the country.

They were speaking at the first national convention of the Higher Secondary Teachers’ Association-Nepal, which began here today.

The participants also urged the authorities concerned to reform education policy and laws for the benefit of teachers of higher secondary schools. Kul Prasad Koirala, president of the Nepal Revolutionary Professors’ Association, said the HSEB seems to be non-existent as it has not been able to create quota for higher secondary teachers. “In this scenario, how can we expect any development in the education sector?” he asked.

Constituent Assembly member Shankar Pokhrel called on all political parties and other sectors concerned to express commitment to improve the status of teachers working in higher secondary schools. NP Saud, chief of the Education Department in the Nepali Congress, said that the government should frame public policies and programmes to improve the performance of higher secondary schools and status of teachers working there. HSEB vice-president Prof Dr Upendra Koirala said the board cannot increase the quota of teachers in higher secondary schools. “Only the government has the authority to amend the existing laws and create teachers’ quota.” he said.