Okhaldhunga, January 27
A team from Champadevi Rural Municipality in Okhaldhunga has started visiting schools in the rural municipality to discuss the problems faced by community schools after the decision of Biratnagar High Court.
Spokesperson for the rural municipality Ajaya Luitel said the discussion was held among locals, teachers, staffers and students about the academic condition of schools and possible challenges the schools might face after the decision of Biratnagar High Court.
Local leaders and cadres of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) had filed a case with Biratnagar High Court’s extended bench in Okhaldhunga questioning the legal provision that empowers the local levels to appoint teachers and staffers at community schools.
Luitel said the rural municipality’s daily work had been affected after the decision of the high court. The court order bars the appointment of teachers and staffers by the local level.
A local journalist Sujan Poudel said the rural municipality’s decision to appoint 21 teachers and seven staffers had helped improve the quality of education in community schools and it had made service delivery of the rural municipality quick and smooth.
Chairman of Champadevei Rural Municipality Nawaraj KC said the rural municipality had appointed teachers and staffers as per the law.
The rural municipality said they had reached the schools and held discussion among locals, guardians, students and school management committees.
The rural municipality stated that the locals appreciated the initiative taken by it for improving the quality of community schools. The rural municipality urged all not to obstruct the work environment for the newly appointed teachers and staffers.
Rural Education Committee Coordinator Ujjal Budhathoki said that teaching-learning activities in more than half-a-dozen schools had been affected after the court’s decision on the case related to the appointment of teachers and staffers.
Spokesperson Luitel added that teaching-learning activities had been affected at Saraswati Basic School, Shiva Duti Basic School and Golma Devi Basic School.
Spokesperson Luitel further said that teaching-learning activities had been partially affected in Baljyoti Secondary School, Kalika Basic School, Jibanjyoti Basic School and Sabitri Basic School of the rural municipality. Luitel added that the NCP had to take the responsibility for this state of affairs.
A version of this article appears in print on January 28, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.