KATHMANDU, August 28: A proposal seeking Legislature-Parliament's consideration on the Education (Ninth Amendment) Bill-2017 was passed by an overwhelming majority at Parliament meeting on Monday.
The proposal was presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Gopal Man Shrestha.
On the occasion, parliamentarian Ganga Lal Tuladhar said that it was wrong to float the proposal for seeking consideration at the time when the Education (Eighth Amendment) Act ought to be implemented.
He also underlined the need for the Education Commission to conduct examinations of the teachers at the earliest.
Similarly, parliamentarians Janakraj Joshi and Dhaniram Poudel, who was also Minister for Education, demanded for the implementation of the existing Education Act and revoke the proposal seeking consideration on the Education (Ninth Amendment) Bill-2017.
Echoing with Joshi, another parliamentarian Chudamani Jungali demanded the same, condemning that the education sector in the country was being politicized.
Likewise, Dilli Prasad Kafle and Meena Pun expressed their disapproval for bringing in the Ninth Amendment Bill instead of bringing into effect the Eight Amendment.
Kamal Prasad Pangeni, condemning politicization of education sector in the country, pressed for the political consensus to address the issues relating to the teachers working on contract basis.
Similarly, lawmaker Kamala Panta echoed the same sentiments as Pangeni when it comes to addressing the genuine demands of the temporary teachers.
Shyam Kumar Shrestha (Kavre) opined that the new amendment proposal to the Education Act (Ninth Amendment) was a wrong move at a time when the public education was suffering mismanagement and cavalier attitude of the concerned authorities for improving quality of education in the public schools.
Parliamentarians Rukmini Chaudhary, Laxman Rajbanshi, Bikash Lamsal, Rameshwor Phuyal and Ofilal Ofeda drew the attention of the government towards ending the anomalies prevailing in the public education sector.
Ganeshman Gurung, Geeta Uprety and Guru Prasad Burlakoti furnished suggestions to the government to formulate High-Level Education Act and Federal Education Act for the resolution of issues in education sector.
Ram Narayan Chaudhary, going on tirade against the trend of amending Education, Civil Employees and Nepal Police Acts with the change in Ministries and Secretaries, requested authorities concerned not squander time by introducing new Acts and Policies but not implementing them effectively.
Amendment to address demands of temporary teachers: Minister Shrestha
Responding to the queries of parliamentarians, DPM Shrestha clarified that the proposal for Education (Ninth Amendment) Bill-2074 was aimed at addressing the issues in the education sector and address the genuine demand of temporary teachers.
Stating that a High-Level Education Commission would be formed soon, DPM Shrestha explained the need for amendment in the Education Act to provide a one-time opportunity to the temporary teachers serving for long.
He also stressed for qualitative reform in the education sector and pressed for vocational education besides theoretical. RSS