Government to appoint 12,000 teachers this year

Nepalgunj, July 5:

The government will appoint 12,000 teachers this year, Minister of State for Education and Sports, Mohan Singh Rathaur, told a press meet here today.

According to him, around 62,000 teachers are required in schools all over the country.

Addressing the meet organised by the Press Chautari, Rathaur said: “Although the country needs 62,000 teachers, only 12,000 will be appointed this year due to funds crunch.”

He also said that the finance ministry has assured a budget for 12,000 teachers only. The government is also considering setting up universities in the mid-western and far-western regions, he said.

Pro-people experiments in the education sector have been made, he said, adding that the government feels the need for a high-level commission to draft a policy related to education. He said that the government would issue approval letters to all the proposed schools.

He urged student organisations not to call bandhs or strikes that could affect the constituent assembly polls and assured them that the government was serious about their demands.

Stressing that the activities of the Young Communist League, the Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum, the JTMM (Jwala) and the JTMM (Goit) have bred suspicions on the peaceful conduct of the CA polls, Rathaur said that just as the Maoists’ 12-year old insurgency ended peacefully, the agitation of the different groups would also end in a peaceful manner.