Edu secy urges ministers not to make teachers party cadres

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Edu secy urges ministers not to make teachers party cadres

Feb 20, 2015-

Education Secretary Bishwo Prakash Pandit has asked political parties not to grant membership to teachers arguing that politicisation in the academic sector is the main reason behind the deteriorating quality of education.

Addressing a function attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and Information and Communications Minister Minendra Rijal in the Capital on Friday, he asked the ministers to ensure that teachers do not get membership of their parties.

He claimed that it is not possible to reform the education sector as long as teachers are allowed to be party cadres. “Let’s stop making teachers the cadres of parties. Only then will they perform in the classroom,” he told a programme organised by the Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal.

Though the government has banned teachers in active politics, it has failed to book defiant ones who have the backing of political parties. Hundreds of teachers from public schools are actively advocating the agendas of ruling and opposition parties.

Currently all the central leaders of the teachers’ wings of a majority of parties tend to stay in the Capital in deputation. Even leaders from district and local committees are found absent from classes in order to attend party activities.

According to Pandit, the ministry and its subordinate bodies cannot take action against such teachers as they use their political influence to defend themselves. DPM Gautam said the teachers were at the forefront of fight for changes such as those which abolished monarchy. “There is no need for political changes anymore. So we should jointly create an environment for progress in all the sectors including education,” he said. He claimed that no party wants to politicise the academic sector.

In their election manifestos, all the parties have attached educational reforms high priority and assured of freeing it from any kind of influence.

Minister Rijal said the private and public sectors should join hands for the sake of changes in the educational sector. He asked owners of private schools to take management of at least one public school as a sister institution and improve it.

Published: 21-02-2015 07:09

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