ANTA shut Morang schools

BIRATNAGAR: Teaching learning activities in all schools of Morang district halted in the second consecutive day today due to the educational institutions bandh called by All Nepal Teachers Association.

The teachers’ body has been on agitation with its 12-point charter of demands from the past four days. It has been demanding to distribute relief teacher quota, equal pay and perks to the teachers of private institutions equivalent to that of the government schools, among others.

According to District Education Office, study of more than 2 lakh students of 600 community schools and 25,000 students of 200 private schools have been affected due to the closure.

The agitating teachers informed that they would not let the schools open until their demands were met.

The scheduled examination in the schools had also been put off due to the bandh. Tika Puri, Morang chairman of PABSON, informed that the examination of most of the schools had been affected as the schools shut all of sudden.

Meanwhile, DEO decided to form a committee comprising six members to discuss the demands of the agitating teachers. DEO chief Dev Narayan Yadav said the committee would suggest whether the demands put forth by the agitating teachers could be fulfilled. “We’re trying to resolve the problem at the earliest as it is connected with the future of thousands of students.”

Meanwhile, central member and Morang in-charge of the agitating teachers’ body, Bikash Neupane said that they would not let the schools operate until solutions were offered to the demands raised by them. “We’re hopeful that the recently formed committee will address our problems.’’