Students protest against 9th amendment to Edu Act

  • Permanent posting to temporary teachers
  • Threaten self-immolation if govt sticks to its stance
  • To surrender teaching licence at SC
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 10, 2017-The education stream students from Tribhuvan University have launched a protest, threatening self-immolation unless the government rolls back its decision to give permanent status to a majority of temporary teachers without competitive tests.

Dozens of students demonstrated in Maitighar on Thursday, demanding that the government scrap the ninth amendment to Education Act-1972 which paved the way for  permanent status to the teachers recruited on temporary basis without any tests. 

The students took to the streets after the Teachers Service Commission on Wednesday called the vacancies in over 20,000 of the positions based on the provision in the ninth amendment.

Despite vehement objection from various quarters, Parliament on September 19 had endorsed the ninth amendment to the Act, opening the door for hundreds of temporary teachers to get state benefits even if they fail the Teachers Service Commission (TSC)test for permanent teachers. 

The amendment cleared the decks for announcing internal vacancies for temporary teachers who were recruited  before August 6, 2004. These temporary teachers will be now eligible to get the permanent status if they secure just 40 marks—the minimum passing score. It has also cleared the way for the TSC to allocate 75 percent reservation for the temporary teachers recruited between August 6, 2004 and July 29, 2016. 

TSC’s call for applications to fill the vacant teaching positions comes at a time when the case against the amendment is still sub-judice in the Supreme Court. 

Earlier in the day, the agitating students had picketed the TSC. “How can the TSC call vacancy when the case against the Act is under consideration at the Supreme Court,” said Nirajan Shrestha, secretary of the students’ Central Struggle Committee. The students are preparing to submit their teaching licence and citizenship at the court ahead of the hearing on the case, which is scheduled on Friday.

The government has issued 700,000 teaching licences, after conducting tests, which has been a mandatory provision for appointing teachers until the new change. 

In a statement released on Thursday, the struggle committee has said that it will start a hunger strike if the court verdict goes against them and even threaten self-immolation if the government still remains adamant in its decision. They have asked the government to call open vacancies where the fresh graduates and temporary teachers are allowed to contest the tests. 

The agitating students have claimed that the government and the political parties are conspiring to destroy the public education. Over 6 million students study in around 29,000 public schools across the nation. 

There are around 26,000 temporary teachers who landed jobs in the schools on the back their political patronage.

Published: 10-11-2017 07:38

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