Temporary teachers to continue protest

Kathmandu, March 4:

The hunger strike staged by the temporary teachers at Ratna Park to pressurise the government to implement past agreement with various educational organisations entered the third day today. The teachers said they would continue the strike until their demands were met.

Dinesh Thapa, general secretary of the Temporary Teachers’ Agitation Central Committee, said, “We padlocked the District Education Offices in all 75 districts from February 26 to March 2 to pressurise the government to implement the agreement, but considering its effect on the upcoming SLC exam and district level exam of Grade VIII, we withdrew the earlier form of the protest and launched it in a new way.”

He said the government signed an agreement to meet their demands on November 24, 2006, but it was not implemented. Likewise, the government also signed an agreement with the Nepal Educational Republican Forum (NERF) on March 25, 2007. Neither was it implemented.

“We will continue our relay hunger strike until the agreements are implemented and the temporary teachers are made permanent,” he said.

The temporary teachers have been demanding that they be made permanent through some process and the Company Act to govern the schools be scrapped. They also want the private school teachers’ wages and facilities on par with the salary of government school teachers.

Likewise, they have also been demanding permanent appointment letters to all teachers and creation of new quotas for the posts of accountant and peon in each school.

The relay hunger strike was organised at the call of NERF that includes ten educational organisations. Thapa who is also the central member of NERF said, “We would give continuity to the hunger strike without hampering the upcoming Constituent Assembly polls.”

Prem Karki, Navaraj Khadka, Rameshwor Giri, Deepak Ghimire and Ganapati Mandan were on strike today.