Teachers’ strike hits community schools

KATHMANDU: Around 800 community schools in the Kathmandu Valley were hit by educational strike called by temporary teachers seeking permanent status today.

Hundreds of teachers from community schools today gathered in front of the main gate of the Education Ministry to complete their scheduled protest programme for the last day. The teachers had been staging a sit-in since Monday.

Meanwhile, police rounded up more than 200 teachers today.

They were detained at Nepal Police Club and Metropolitan Police Sector, Anamnagar, till 5 pm and released later.

“Despite many forms of peaceful protest, the government has been mum regarding our demands,” said Dinesh Thapa, general secretary of Temporary Teachers Struggle Committee.

He informed that they were now scheduled to stage violent protests from Sunday as authorities have tuned a deaf ear to their demands.

Earlier, the government had prohibited bandh, strike and political activities on the school premises through its declaration of ‘Schools as Zone of Peace’. However, teachers have been violating the prohibition order to press the government to grant them permanent status through internal competition.
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