Teachers ‘involved’ in politics

- binod bhandari, Biratnagar

Jul 10, 2014-

Many community school teachers have reportedly been involved in party politics though the government directives ban them from such activities.

Badri Mandal, a teacher at Kalika Higher Secondary School at Dangihat, is also president of the village committee of the Nepali Congress. Local people accused Mandal of spending much time in expanding the party organisation.

Likewise, Sashu Gurung, a teacher at Radhika Higher Secondary School at Urlabari, and Manmaya Rijal, teacher at Janapath Higher Secondary School in Biratnagar, have gone to Kathmandu to participate in the CPN-UML’s General Convention. According to a source, many teachers at government schools in more than a dozen VDCs in the district are working as leaders of various political parties. Local people said some teachers are working for political parties as they want to contest for the post of VDC chairperson in local body elections.

“Many party leaders are of the view that party organisation can be strengthened if teachers are given responsibility to lead party organisations in the village level,” a NC leader said. Dharma Kharel, chairman of the Teachers’ Union in Morang, said many teachers in the district are working as political leaders. He said such trend may affect academic activities.

Indramani Thapa, secretary of the Teachers’ Union, said it is against the education code of conduct to become a member of village or area committee of any political party.

District Education Officer Rajkumar Thapa admitted that many teachers are involved in party politics in the district. “Only the Education Department can take

action against such teachers,” he said.

Published: 11-07-2014 09:18

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