Sacking biased, say resource persons

Kathmandu, August 15:

Resource persons (RPs) today submitted a memorandum to the donor agencies, including the European Union, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, danida, and the UNIcef, against the government move of terminating their services and appointing new personnel in their posts. A press release issued today by the RPs stated that the action was politically-motivated and was aimed at enforcing the so-called nationalist education. “The government’s decision will hamper in achieving quality education for all by 2015,” stated the press release.

Issuing a regulation, the government had stated that all working, skilled, and trained resource persons will be sent back to their respective deputations and that the resource persons working on a temporary basis and substitutes will be sacked by July 16. While there are 1,091 resource centres throughout the nation, there are 1,174 resource persons and 157 temporary teachers. The regulation states that only secondary-level teachers with five years on the job and female candidates with two-and-a-half-years on the job can qualify to become resource persons. The resource centres will now have the authority to appoint resource persons for two years. Earlier, the Department of Education (DOE) used to appoint the resource persons.