KATHMANDU, August 17: The employees, who have been working in the public school for a long time, have announced that they will go on strike from Wednesday, demanding a permanent position. The Nepal Public School Employees' Council (NPSEC) held a public program in Kathmandu on Tuesday and demanded that the situation where they have to work in public schools for a long time at low wages should be ended.
Council President Ganga Tiwari said that although the government repeatedly agreed to address the demands of the school staff, it has failed to abide by its commitment. The agitating public school employees have warned of shutting down schools indefinitely until their demands are met.
"Around 40,000 school staff are working in 29,035 public schools including accountants and office assistants," said NPSEC President Tiwari. "But office assistants are working at 8,000 per month and accountants at 13,500 per month.”
In addition to this, these employees are not entitled to any other perks and facilities. “How can we raise a family? How to work?” he asked. ``Our demand is that the government should provide the salary and service facilities of the school employees similar to that of the civil servants and create vacancies for us.”
“Our demand is that the government should provide the salary and service facilities of the school employees similar to those of the civil service and create vacancies. If the government does not fulfill the demand, we will shut down the schools across the country and launch a street protest.”
The NPSEC has started a protest with seven-point demands. They have demanded the government to arrange Rs 34,730 per month salary to accountants and Rs 26,200 per month salary to school assistants.