Over 300 Teachers Lost Job During Nepal Lockdown; Online Classes to Resume Even After the Controversial Tuition Fee Row

Over 300 Teachers Lost Job During Nepal Lockdown; Online Classes to Resume Even After the Controversial Tuition Fee Row

Four months to the lockdown in Nepal, over 300 teachers have lost their jobs. Amidst the worries of coronavirus resulting in lockdown and inactivity in all the sectors, a lot of employees have been asked to leave the organisations. 

Chairperson of the Institutional School Teachers’ Union, Hom Kumar Thapa  has confirmed that over 300 teachers have lost their jobs and have also filed complaints for the same. As many as 48 teachers have lost their income source in the Kathmandu valley itself, according to Thapa.

“This is the number of complaints we have received, but in reality, the number might be higher…the schools should immediately stop firing teachers and other staff.” 

According to the same union, Private schools across Nepal employ over 200,000 teachers and non-teaching staff. Many of them have not received their pay during the lockdown. The union has also threatened that if the teachers are not reinstated, they will protest against the government as well. 

But schools are suffering as well. In protest to rejecting the decision of the government of cancelling the tuition fees and not providing any option for concession loan either, the schools halted online classes from July 16 asking their teachers and staff members to stay on unpaid leave. N-PABSAN, PABSON, Nepal Teachers Federation, Guardians Federation and Ministry of Education had a discussion on the same.  They discussed various possibilities and it was concluded that the online classes will be resumed from July 23. 

After lifting the lockdown, the cabinet meeting on Monday decided to allow the schools to open school administration and start enrolling the students, starting August 17. Puran KC, personal aide of the Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel spoke to a news outlet and said, “ “They reached a conclusion that resuming school operations is the only solution to the current problem.” 

The government will soon issue the guidelines for the school.

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