KATHMANDU, Sept 4: The Confederation of Nepalese Teachers (CNT) took to the streets on Monday to protest against the government's negligence toward the education sector and teachers.
Around 200 teachers organized a rally with candle lights at Basantapur, which convened into a mass meeting at Ratna Park.
Addressing the crowd of protestors, CNT President Keshav Niraula said that the facilities provided to the teachers and the policies regarding teaching in Nepal need much improvement.
“The leaders have turned a deaf ear to our pleas,” he said, adding, “We organized this candle-light protest to enlighten them about better education.”
During the protest, the presidents of various district chapters of the confederation expressed their dissatisfaction over the government's unnecessary expenditure on BIMSTEC Summit and negligence toward the education sector. The confederation warned the government that a nationwide mass protest of 400,000 teachers may soon break out if their demands are not met.
Their placards read 'Stop unnecessary intervention from the local level', 'Allocate 20 percent of the national budget for education', 'Introduce time-bound promotion of teachers' and 'Form Teachers Welfare Commission'.
CNT is an umbrella organization of all the teachers in Nepal. It comprises of 16 teachers' associations.