Writ against govt decision on teaching jobs

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 11, 2015-

A writ has been filed in the Supreme Court against the government decision to allow candidates holding degrees in an area other than education to compete for permanent teachers.

The writ filed by Dil Kumari Rai has asked the apex court to scrap the vacancy called by Teacher Service Commission (TSC), calling for a new announcement.

It has claimed that the decision to allow those without education degree to fight for permanent teachers postings is against a provision of Education Act 1971 which stipulates a degree in education faculty and teaching licence to be a teacher.

The writ has claimed that the government decision is injustice for the thousands of people who have studied education and acquired licence. More than 600,000 people currently hold teaching licence, according to the TSC.

Starting this year, the government for the first time allowed candidates with degrees from other faculties to apply to teach subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and other technical subjects like agriculture, engineering and Information Technology.

Such candidates, however, are required to have at least 10 months of teaching

training.

The Education Ministry had decided to liberalise the appointment process due to the shortage of teachers with degrees in Education faculty, mainly for the technical

subjects.

The commission on Tuesday announced vacancies for 3,186 permanent teaching positions in the state-run lower secondary and secondary schools across the country.

Of the total vacancies, 1,326 are in secondary schools. English teachers are on

top of the want list with 838 available seats, including 505 in lower-secondary schools, followed by Nepali teachers with 218 unoccupied posts.

According to the TSC, interested candidates could send in their applications by

May 6, with written test for lower-secondary and secondary level teachers being scheduled for June 26 and 27 respectively.

Meanwhile condemning the commission’s decision to invite job applications,  the temporary teachers said the government has violated the agreement reached with them three years ago.

According to them, the government had agreed to internally recruit those temporary teachers who were hired before April 26, 2006.

Published: 12-04-2015 10:04

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