Kathmandu, July 5:

Agitating community higher secondary-level teachers have decided not to lift the lockout at the Higher Secondary Education Board until the government addressed their eight-

point demand.

The Nepal Community Higher Secondary Teachers’ Union has decided not to lift the lockout despite requests from the authorities to end the agitation as it had been creating obstacles in preparing the results of Grades XI and XII.

Union Secretary Prahlad Raj Gautam said the central committee today decided not to end the

lockout until the government called them for talks and promised to address their demands.

According to the HSEB, it needed to publish the results of Grade XII, specifically of the science stream, by the second week of July.

“If the results are delayed, students won’t be able to appear in MBBS and BE entrance examinations,” said Narayan Koirala, spokesperson for the HSEB.

But Gautam said they were also concerned about the future of the students but the government should also address their demands. “If the government wants everything as planned, it should call us for talks and form a secretary-level committee to address our demands,” he said.

He said they were forced to agitate, as the future of thousands of teachers, despite teaching for over 15 years, was uncertain.

The agitating teachers had padlocked the Higher Secondary Education Board offices at Sanothimi on Wednesday.