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Major student unions announce educational strike protesting reservation for temp teachers

(From left) NSU’s Nain Singh Mahar, ANNFSU’s Nabina Lama and ANNISU-R’s Ranjit Tamang

Kathmandu, March 30

Three student unions affiliated to three major political parties on Thursday have announced an indefinite educational strike beginning Sunday.

The CPN-UML-aligned All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU), Nepali Congress-affiliated Nepal Students Union (NSU) and CPN-Maoist Centre-affiliated All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNNISU-R) have announced the strike demanding that the provision of 75 per cent reservation to temporary teachers in examinations of the Teachers Service Commission that the ninth amendment to the Education Act incorporated be removed with a new amendment.

They have also said the TSC’s examination scheduled for next week Friday should be postponed until their demand was met.

Meanwhile, organisations representing private school operators have requested the student unions to postpone the strike for now as their protest will affect ongoing Secondary Education Examinations (SEE).

PABSON General Secretary Rajendra Baniya says the unions should consider likely impacts of their strike on the mindset of SEE candidates.

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