Teachers announce fresh protest plans

Kathmandu, March 5:

The agitating temporary school teachers and employees today announced fresh protests to exert pressure on the government to meet their demands.

Speaking at a press meet held by the Temporary Teachers’ Struggle Committee (TTSC), Institutional School Teachers’ Union (ISTU) and School Employees’ Council (SEC), ISTU president Mukunda Gautam said the protest would continue till their demands were met. “The protest will be intensified further if the government does not end wrong practices in education,” he said adding, “We are ready to interrupt the activities of the Ministry of Education if need be, not only the schools.”

According to the protest schedule, the TTSC has called bandh of all community schools in the Valley on March 6, the SEC has announced protest meeting at Maitighar Mandala on March 7 and the ITSU will shut all the private schools in the country on March 9.

“Though we have our demands different from others, we have decided to go jointly to accelerate the movement. After all, it is the same authority that should deal with our issues,” said Gautam. Thakkar Sharma, president, Nepal Progressive Teachers’ Association, said the association would fully support the agitating organisations. “They have raised genuine issues which are equally beneficial for the entire education system,” he said. He demanded that their demands be addressed at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the SEC, in coordination with the Nepal Educational Republic Forum, today locked out district education offices in the Valley and regional education directorates and the department of education from 9:30 am to 4 pm.