School management panel chairs’ tenure three years: DoE

Kathmandu, September 11

The Department of Education has said that the tenure of School Management Committee of community schools across the country shall be of three years.

Earlier, there was a confusion regarding the tenure of SMC as the Education Act stated that the tenure of SMC shall be of three years while the circular sent by the Ministry of Education in the past stated that the tenure shall be of three academic sessions.

Bishnu Prasad Adhikari, section officer at the Community School Management Section of the DoE, said today that the department had recently sent a directive to all DEOs across the country regarding the tenure of SMCs. He said the tenure of SMC shall of three years and not three academic sessions. “The person appointed as the chair of SMC will not be able to carry out his duties for full three years if we consider the tenure to be of three academic sessions,” he said.

He clarified that the chair of SMC would not be able to hold the office for three full years if s/he is appointed at the end of an academic session. The Cabinet meeting held on August 23 had also decided to fix the tenure of SMC chairs at three years and not three academic sessions.

According to Education Regulations, only the parents of children, who study in that particular school, are eligible for the post of SMC chair.