KATHMANDU, August 9
Non-teaching staffers are also going to get the salary and facilities on a par with temporary teachers in community schools.
Speaking at a programme organised by Nepal School Employees’ Union (NSEU), Hari Lamsal, spokesperson at Ministry of Education said that the ministry was preparing to provide salary and facilities to non-teaching staff in government schools on a par with temporary teachers.
Currently, the non-teaching staff are getting very nominal salary.
He said facilities will be given to non-teaching staff who were appointed before mid-April 2002.
He said MoE was preparing to bring the new education act which would address the demands of non-teaching staff.
The non-teaching staff include accountant, peon and all other staff in schools other than teachers and the school principal.
He said that the ministry was very hopeful that the existing problems of non-teaching staff would be sorted out soon.
He also asked the concerned not to doubt the good intention of the ministry.
Surendra Prasad Kanu, president, NSEU said that the Supreme Court had earlier directed the MoE to draft ‘Service Law’ and implement it to address the existing problems of school employees within six months, but the ministry failed to follow up.
The SC on February 6, 2011, had directed the government (MoE) to introduce ‘Service Law’ within six months to ensure pension, medical facilities, holiday facilities and other facilities.
The Verdict Implementation Directorate of SC has been repeatedly asking the MoE regarding delay in implementation of the SC directives, but every time the ministry had been making some excuse or the other.
He also urged MoE officials to honour the directives of the SC.
“We were made victims of MoE negligence in following the SC directives,” he added.
Nawaraj Kathayat, secretary, Resham Bishwokarma deputy general secretary, Maya Giri vice-president from Gandaki region of NSEU urged the government to pay proper attention to the problems of non-teaching staff in public schools.
There are around 33,000 non-teaching staff working in more than 30,000 community schools across the country.
A version of this article appears in print on August 10, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.