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Petition filed in Supreme Court against examination for teaching licence

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, September 24

Six persons today filed a writ petition against the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Department of Education, and the Teachers Service Commission at the Supreme Court, seeking stay order of examination schedule published by the TSC for obtaining permanent teaching licence.

The petitioners said though the notice seemed to have given them an opportunity for obtaining permanent teaching licence, it had infringed on their rights to competition.

Stating that the exam to be held was illegal the petitioners had filed the application demanding its cancellation, read the petition.

As per The Education Act (eighth amendment), secondary education refers to classes from nine to 12.

The act says successful completion of secondary education is equivalent to completing proficiency certificate level or higher secondary level, mentioned the petition.

But, the examination notice said that the exam was only for those who had completed Master’s Degree in any subjects like Nepali, Sociology, Science, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, English, Accountancy, Agriculture and Animal Science, by obtaining at least aggregate marks of 300, from a recognised university, or had an equivalent degree, and were teaching at Secondary level and had acquired temporary teaching licences, according to the petitioners.

They also said the teachers of Economics were told to sit for the examination of Social Studies.

Against the fundamental principal of examination, teachers of different subjects were required to sit for the exam of Social Studies.

Such provision violated their right to employment, read the petition.

The Teachers Service Commission had published the notice inviting applications for Permanent Teaching Licence for the teachers of primary level, lower secondary level and secondary level teachers on June 17.

A version of this article appears in print on September 25, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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