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House endorses Education Act amendment bill

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KATHMANDU — The Parliament on Saturday endorsed the bill on eighth amendment to Education (Eighth Amendment) Bill- 2072 BS, paving the way to restructuring of the education sector in Nepal after an untiring effort of six years.

Minister for Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel tabled a proposal looking for support of the Bill amid the parliament meet Saturday.

The new Act eliminates Higher Secondary Education Board, fuses Plus Two level in School level education and decades-long problem of temporary teachers.

The bill has restructured the school level education at basic (grades one to eight) and secondary levels (grades nine to 12) from the existing primary (grades one to five), lower-secondary (grades six to eight), secondary (grades nine to 10) and higher secondary (grades 11 to 12) levels.

Similarly, the Higher Secondary Education Board will be replaced by the Central Examination Board, and SLC exams will go regional while central assessment will be held only in grade 8.

The Bill also allows the temporary teachers recruited before February 2011 to either compete for 40 percent reserved posts in total vacancies or choose a golden handshake deal which offers severance sum between Rs 100,000 to Rs 400,000 based on their service period.

The deal will be provided under 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.

According to the new Bill, the chairman of the school management committee will be selected from the committee members. This is to discourage political appointment for the same position, however, the new Bill has clarified that it is applicable to the community schools announced free education up to the secondary level.

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Government not serious in resolving Nirmala Panta’s case: Gagan Thapa

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR— Nepali Congress youth leader and lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa has alleged that the government was not serious about finding the perpetrators of the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta, a 13-year-old girl from Bhimduttanagar Municipality-2, Kanchanpur.

Leader Thapa was speaking in a meeting with the party workers at the Nepali Congress party district office here this morning. He said people’s trust towards the government was waning due to its nonchalance in providing justice in the Nirmala Panta’s case.

He also accused the government of not working as per the people’s aspiration despite the formation of a stable government after a long wait.

After the meeting with the party workers, Thapa met with Nirmala’s parents who are staging a sit-in in front of the District Administration Office for last two weeks demanding justice.

“Please, take care of your health. I will relay your message to the Prime Minister and the president of the Nepali Congress, the main opposition party in parliament,” he assured Nirmala’s grieving parents.

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