RASUWA, March 23: In a rather bizarre and alarming situation, four public schools in the district of Rasuwa are left without teachers, risking the annual, year-end exams of the students.
After the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) decided to publish the results of their exams, the temporary teachers at certain schools resigned abruptly to claim their permanent jobs at other schools. The publication of TSC exams results at the 'wrong time' has caused extreme difficulties in conducting the annual year-end exams for the students. Some schools like Nare Primary School of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-1 had to conduct up to three exams on a single day.
Principal Dan Singh Rai of Nare Primary School informed Republica that all teachers employed at his school were temporary and left for jobs at other schools. So, the school had to conduct exams on 'personal arrangements' rather than the governments'. The school with students of the third grade and below conducted Nepali and Mathematics exams on Thursday and Social Studies, Science and Health exams on Friday.
Gongang Primary School, located in Aamachhodingmo Rural Municipality-5, Chilime, has conducted its annual exams with ease. However it has decided to publish the results only after the arrival of new teachers. “We have conducted the exams, but the results will be published only after new teachers join the school,” says Principal Rameshwor Yadav.
Bhimila Primary School, located in Rasuwa, however, has planned to conduct the exams as well as publish the results right away. Principal Dawa Lhamo Tamang said, “We cannot risk the children's future so we will work extra time even if we do not receive our salary.”
The schools which are currently without any teacher are - Bhimila Primary School, Dhunche; Nera Primary School, Thuman; Gongang Primary School, Chilime; and Doklang Primary School. The temporarily employed teachers of all these schools chose to resign voluntarily.
All teachers employed at these schools, including the principals were hired as temporary employees.
After 'teachers service commission' published its results on Thursday, the teachers began forwarding their resignation letters through the 'School Management Committee' and the 'Education Development and Coordination Unit' starting as immediately as Friday.
Cooperative Unit head Balkrishna Simkhada, informed Republica that other temporarily employed teachers from a nearby school were requested to assist with the schools' dreaded situation. “All the complications are arising because the TSC results were published while the annual year-end exams were going on, and the least we can do right now is be cooperative,” said Simkhada.
Rasuwa Secondary School's resource person, Dhruva Prasad Lamichhane expressed his concern saying that if the situation in hand is not taken care of right away, it could "fuel bigger fires in the future."
The shortage of teachers could not only hamper the proper conduction of exams and publication of results but also hamper a school's admission pattern and its overall management.