No Dashain salary for Tanahun teachers

Damauli, September 17

Teachers from community schools that have yet to form new school management committee will be deprived of their salary before Dashain festival in Tanahun.

With the eighth amendment to Education Act 2028, the old management committees of all community schools were dissolved and teachers from those schools that have not formed new management committee will be deprived of their remuneration before Dashain.

The teachers will be at the receiving end as the schools have joint bank accounts under the names of old chairpersons and head teachers.  The decisions made by the old committee will be invalid and cheques cannot be issued until the new committee is formed.

District Education Officer of Tanahun, Top Bahadur Shrestha, said schools that have joint bank accounts in the names of head teachers and chairpersons cannot issue checks until they form new committees.

“The checks issued by the old committees will be illegal,” said DEO Shrestha.

A writ petition filed at the Supreme Court seeking to validate the committee formed under the seventh amendment to the Education Act has been scrapped by the court. Following the same, management committees of 309 primary, 72 basic and 106 secondary schools were dissolved.

Primary schools have joint bank accounts in the names of chairpersons and head teachers while secondary level schools have joint accounts in the names of head teachers and accountants.

DEO Shrestha said the schools’ failure to form new committees had also affected the mandatory submission of progress report of the completed physical infrastructures of many schools.

Source person Narayan Dutta Paudel, of Damauli Source Centre, said the priority was to constitute new committees. “We have stressed the formation of new committees as the old committees are null and void,” said Paudel.