Govt floats 2 options to resolve festering problem

  • Temporary teacher issue
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 24, 2014-

The Ministry of Education has proposed two options for amendment in the existing Education Act to resolve the decade-long problem of temporary teachers in the country.

The amendment bill set to be tabled shortly for a Cabinet approval has provisions of calling an internal competition and golden handshake for the temporary teachers recruited before July 2010. According to the bill, the temporary teachers will be given reservation of 40 percent in the total vacancy and those not interested to compete for a permanent placement will be offered between Rs 100,000-Rs 500,000 in the form of golden handshake based on their service period.

The golden handshake will be provided in three categories: those with service period of 5-10 years, 10 to 15 years and 15 years and above. Those under the first category will be entitled to an amount equal to 15 days’ salary for each service year, while those coming under the second and third categories will be paid one month’s salary and 45 days’ salary for each year of service period.

“However, those who fail to succeed in the competition under the reserved category will be ineligible for the golden handshake scheme,” reads the amendment bill.

Although the ministry had decided to end the temporary posting of teachers by 2014, terms of temporary teachers was extended to 2018 due to delay in the endorsing the Act to clear the legal hurdles for the golden handshake and internal competition.

The ministry data suggests some 40,000 temporary teachers are working under 16 different categories, while around 23,000 permanent positions are lying vacant. Last year, the Teachers Service Commission had announced vacancies for around 13,000 positions that became vacant after February 2006.

Published: 25-11-2014 09:09

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