Kathmandu, March 12
Temporary Teachers have warned they will launch educational strike from March 15 if the Teachers’ Service Commission exam scheduled for April 6 is not cancelled.
According to the President of Joint Temporary Contract Teachers Struggle Committee Hemnath Chaulagain, different teacher associations have agreed to launch the educational strike.
He said, “As per the Education Act, 75 per cent vacant seats for teachers should be fulfilled through internal recruitment examinations and 25 per cent seats through open competition. But TSC did not do so.” Temporary teachers have been demanding permanent status through
internal competition, by amending the Education Act.
Hari Bansa Parajuli, secretary of the committee, informed that the government had promised to fulfil the 75 per cent vacant seats through internal examinations among temporary teachers, but only 14,000 teachers were permitted to take exams and many were deprived of the opportunity to compete in the exams by setting a faulty criterion.
As per Kosh Raj Kafle, an advocate, the Supreme Court has already given the decision to provide a chance to all temporary teachers to take examination, but TSC deprived teachers of such opportunity in the name of lack of training and teaching licence.
It has disqualified above 3,000 temporary teachers who did not have enough training or teaching licence.
A version of this article appears in print on March 13, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.