Unionism in education sector unacceptable: Minister Pokharel

Lahan, July 2

Minister for Education Girirajmani Pokharel today said the country’s educational sector was falling into disorder in the name of trade unions and politics, and termed it unacceptable.

Inaugurating the new building of Janata Secondary School at Tinkoni of Dhangadi Municipality-5 in Siraha, Minister Pokharel said the Education Act was recently amended in order to prevent school teachers from joining political parties and ignoring their duties.

He stressed on moving forward on the basis of the amended Education Act. “The Act bars teachers from being associated with the working committees of any party, so they must immediately resign if they hold any such responsibility and work for the development of the education sector,” he said.

Minister Pokharel urged the teachers’ associations and organisations working for teachers to help implement the amended Education Act. The amended act has ended anomalies in the education sector and envisioned reforms, according to the Minister Pokharel, who also stressed that schools should employ new and improved teaching methods to improve the quality of education.  Elaborating the government’s plan to make elementary education mandatory and free of cost, Minister Pokharel informed that preparations were under way to do the same at secondary level. He said school principals would be appointed on the basis of their aptitude and skills.

At the programme, Siraha DEO Mahendra Mahato said the DEO had provided support for the construction of the new building.