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Temp teachers want 50pc posts reserved
Dec 28, 2014-
The Temporary Teachers’ Struggle Committee (TTSC) on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala demanding that at least 50 percent of new vacancies for the posts of permanent teachers be reserved for them.
As the government is preparing for an amendment to the existing Education Act incorporating a provision to reserve 40 percent vacant posts for temporary teachers, the TTSC has started protests demanding 10 percent increment in the reserved positions.
The union has been claiming that it will be injustice to thousands of temporary teachers, who are working for decades, if they don’t get reservation of at least half of the total vacancies. According to Ram Chandra Adhikari, PM Koirala has assured them of addressing their concern and consult with other stakeholders before finalising the amendment.
The TTSC has also demanded reasonable compensation to temporary teachers who fail to secure their post in competition. Teachers’ associations claim there are at least 40,000 temporary teachers in some 35,000 public schools across the country and over half of them are in service for more than a decade. The TTSC has also expressed dissatisfaction over the amount prescribed by the government for golden handshake.
According to the proposed amendment, all temporary teachers recruited before July 2010 can compete for the reserved positions while those who don’t want to compete will be offered between Rs 100,000-Rs 500,000 on the basis of their service period in the form of golden handshake. The amount will be provided in three categories of service terms: 5-10 years, 10 to 15 years and 15 years and above.
The amendment Bill, however, has a provision that those who fail to succeed in the competition for the reserved positions will not be eligible for the golden handshake scheme. The process for the final approval of the Bill from the Cabinet has come to a halt following teachers’ protests.
Published: 29-12-2014 09:06