Teachers’ unions announce merger

Kathmandu, May 1

Two teachers’ unions of institutional schools Nepal Institutional School Teachers’ Union and Institutional School Teachers Union-Nepal announced their merger today. The new union has been named Institutional School Teachers’ Union.

A two-day convention of the union, which concluded today, elected a new 61-member working committee under the chairmanship of Mukunda Gautam. Hom Kumar Thapa was elected the senior vice president and Bhim Chhetri general secretary. Seven vice presidents were also elected for the seven proposed provinces.

According to Thapa, the unions were merged as both had similar goals and objectives.

Thapa was earlier the president of NISTU while Gautam was the president of ISTU-Nepal. After the merger of the two unions, they have agreed to chair the union for one-and-a-half years each on a rotational basis.

The newly formed working committee has 28 representatives from NISTU and 25 representatives from ISTU-Nepal.