Govt to liberalise teacher recruitment

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu
Govt to liberalise teacher recruitment

Nov 9, 2014-

The government is preparing to liberalise the teacher recruitment process to address the existing shortage of teaching staff in public schools, mainly in Mathematics, Science and technical subjects.

The Ministry of Education has finalised an amendment to the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) regulation, scrapping the mandatory provision to have teaching licence for recruitment in the subjects. The teachers of Science, Mathematics, English, Agriculture, Computer and IT will not be required to produce their licence for recruitment in both temporary and permanent posts. They will instead have to acquire the licence within five years into the service.

The provision was introduced to address the problem in getting an adequate number of subject teachers for public schools in rural parts of the country.

When the TSC announced 13,059 vacancies, it could not select candidates for 316 posts in the technical subjects as a result of an inadequate number of applicants for them. According to Hari Lamsal, joint-secretary at the ministry, the move will ensure the availability of teachers in all the subjects.

The regulation draft has been sent to the Law Ministry for approval. It will come into effect after its endorsement by the Cabinet. The Education Ministry has reached a conclusion that the lack of teachers is a major reason for the degrading quality of education in public schools.

According to the Office of the Controller of Examinations, the highest number of failures in the School Leaving Certificate exam are in Science, Mathematics and English.

“We hope to get an adequate number of applicants in the new arrangement,” said Lamsal. The ministry has been struggling to find teachers in the technical subjects introduced in 2012.

Currently, 99 state-run schools offer Agriculture, Computer, IT and Engineering courses at the secondary level.

Published: 10-11-2014 08:45

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