Student unions demand revocation of amendment to Education Act

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Sep 22, 2017-

Various student unions affiliated to different political parties submitted a memorandum to acting Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar on Friday demanding the government to withdraw the ninth amendment to the Education Act-1972.

Receiving the memo, Gachhadar said that he will discuss the issue with the authorities concerned, according to ANNFSU-R Vice chair Surendra Basnet.

A meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday endorsed the ninth amendment paving the way for hundreds of temporary teachers to get permanent status without sitting in competitive tests.

The student unions also demanded action against medical colleges that charge fees higher than the government-set amount for medical education.

The students urged acting PM Gachhadar not to allow medical colleges to charge higher than Rs 3.5 million for MBBS course and put stop to the practice of admitting Nepali students in foreign quota seats.

Those submitting the memorandum today were Nepal Student Union Chairman Nainsingh Mahar, ANNFSU Chairperson Nabina Lama, ANNFSU-Revolutionary Chairman Ranjit Tamang, among others.

The student unions are preparing to submit memorandum to all the top leaders of various political parties on Saturday, informed Basnet.

With the endorsement of ninth amendment, the temporary teachers now will be eligible to get the permanent status if they secure just 40 marks which is the minimum pass marks.

Similarly, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will open vacancy allocating 75 percent reservation for the temporary teachers recruited between August 6, 2004 and July 29, 2016. The rest will be hired through open competition.

It is learnt that the endorsement of the Act has paved the way for temporary teachers to get the state benefits even if they fail the test.

Education experts and cross-party lawmakers have long been objecting to the amendment, saying this will bar fresh candidates from getting into the education sector and that the move will further ruin the already ailing public education sector.


Published: 22-09-2017 20:37

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