KATHMANDU, Nov 2: A case was filed at the Supreme Court on Wednesday demanding that the ninth amendment to the Education Act be scrapped.
The amendment has killed the spirit of free competition for the competent and qualified candidates by restricting them from enjoying the fundamental rights, says the writ petition filed by Jyoti Baniya, chairman of the Consumer Rights Protection Forum, teacher Santosh Bhattarai from Sunsari and advocate Rita Bhandari. They have demanded that the SC issue an interim order, canceling the ninth amendment to the Education Act.
The Council of Ministers, Parliament, Ministry of Education, Department of Education, Teachers' Service Commission and Nepal Teachers' Federation have been made the defendants in the case. “The amendment will affect millions of school students, depriving them of quality education and qualified teachers and it will damage the education system of the country,” claim the writ petitioners.
Qualified people who hold teaching license are deprived of taking part in free competition through the announcement of open vacancies, they said. “Instead of giving priority to open competition, the amendment has allocated nearly two-thirds of the seats for temporary teachers who were appointed on the basis of personal connection and political pressure. The bill was approved under pressure and influence by parliament without any discussion in the committee concerned.”