TUCSC warns of educational strike; Govt told to meet demands

Kathmandu, December 2:

The Tribhuvan University Central Struggle Committee (TUCSC) today said it will organise a general educational strike if the government does not address its demands.

The TUCSC has been saying that the Education Bill, which was endorsed by the parliament yesterday, is biased and is full of loopholes.

It has been demanding that the Bill not be implemented at any cost.

Members of the TUCSC also protested against the government decision of making temporary teachers of government schools permanent once they ‘fulfil certain criteria’.

Ramesh Thapa, president of the TUCSC, warned that an educational strike will be launched if the government does not revoke the Education Bill endorsed by the parliament yesterday.

Demanding that the Bill be scrapped, the TUCSC took out a rally from the TU central campus, Kirtipur, and organised a chakka jam for an hour in Kalimati. The rally concluded in Balkhu.

The government had, on November 24, announced that all temporary teachers working in community schools till April 14, 2006 and permanent primary teachers promoted to a higher level but given temporary status will be made permanent once they fulfil certain criteria.

The committee also protested the government’s decision to employ temporary teachers working in the TUs on a contract basis.

The government decision affects fresh graduates aspiring to join the TU, as temporary teachers will be given priority to work on contract basis, it said. Committee members also protested against the government’s decision to automatically promote section officers.

Laba Prasad Tripathee, spokesperson for the Education Ministry, said the education ordinance was submitted to the House after a series of discussions with stakeholders.

With the objective of putting pressure on the MPs not to endorse the Education Bill, the Tribhuvan University Central Struggle Committee had intensified its protest from yesterday.

Four students, who were among those demonstrating yesterday to put pressure on the government not to endorse the Bill, were injured in a clash with police.