Friday, December 15, 2006

Govt agrees to changes in Education Act

Bowing to mounting pressure from students, the government today agreed to meet demands put forth by the agitating students. The government agreed to bring in changes in the newly-amended Education Act and provide job opportunity through free competition in accordance with rule 133 of the House of Representatives (HoR) Regulation. The amendment was endorsed by the HoR on November 23.

According to the agreement on thrusday, all temporary teachers will be given a last chance to compete for appointments in community schools. There will be no age limit for the temporary teachers. The new amendment had barred fresh graduates from competing for teachers’ jobs.

The government and student unions also agreed to make the teachers’ licence examination more practical. The students had been demanding that the licence examination, which had been suspended, should be held at the earliest and an advertisement for the same be published by the Teachers’ Service Commission.Agreement was also reached on preparing the educational regulation only after an agreement with stakeholders concerned after addressing all educational problems.

Education Minister Prof Dr Mangal Siddhi Manandhar and the representative of the Tribhuvan University Central Students’ Committee (TUCSC), signed the agreement.

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