If everything goes as planned, the Teachers Service Commission, a government body that conducts examinations for selection of school teachers every six months, is most likely to conduct the examinations to appoint teachers to permanent posts within this year. The last time TSC had conducted such exams was four years ago.

More than seven million aspiring teachers, who have already acquired teaching licence, are expected to fight for 13,000 to 14,000 vacant posts in the primary, lower secondary and secondary levels.

Due to delay in conducting these examinations, more than 202,712 teaching licence holders in the primary level, 370,012 in the lower secondary and 202,712 in secondary level have been preparing for the exams for years.

Chances of TSC conducting teachers' examinations have increased after the appointment of its Chairperson Madhu Prasad Regmi, a former education secretary, by the Sher Bahadur Deuba led government on August 4.

Following his appointment, Chairperson Regmi pledged to improve the quality of education at public schools and to appoint new teachers in vacant posts across the country. The regular operation of TSC had been affected after the former TSC chairperson's tenure ended on 30 September 2020 and the appointment of a new chairperson was delayed.

The Centre for Education and Human Resource Development, had, in January 2021, provided data of 12,061 vacant post of teachers at schools across the country. As per the data there are 9,100 vacant posts in the primary level, 1,913 in the lower secondary level and 1,047 in the secondary level. But, this number is likely to increase by the time TSC publishes vacancy announcement.

"The number of vacant posts is likely reach 14,000 by the time TSC publishes new advertisements," said Madhav Prasad Dahal, information officer at the CEHRD.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 19 2021, of The Himalayan Times.