MoF asks for detailed report on temp teachers

  • Golden handshake plan
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 22, 2015-

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has sought a detailed report from the Ministry of Education (MoE) regarding the amount required to implement the golden handshake package for temporary teachers as envisioned in a Bill to amend the Education Act.

The Bill, prepared by the MoE to clear legal hurdles in resolving the decade-long problem of temporary teachers and pave a way for full implementation of the School Sector Reform Programme, was sent to the MoF for approval.

The Bill has provisions in which temporary teachers recruited before July 2010 can either compete for 40 percent reserved posts in total vacancies or choose Rs 100,000-400,000 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. Temporary teachers who fall 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, respectively, for each year of service period.

MoE Spokesperson Hari Lamsal said there will be discussions between the MoE and MoF to find out the solution. After MoF approval, the Bill will be sent to the Ministry of Law before tabling it in Parliament.

Sources said the MoE, however, is not satisfied with the “pessimistic” remarks from the MoF as it was expecting unconditional endorsement of the Bill.

Although the MoE had decided to end the temporary posting of teachers by 2014, terms of temporary teachers was extended to 2018 due to delay in the amending the Act. According to the Education Ministry, around 40,000 temporary teachers are still working under 16 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: 23-04-2015 08:49

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