Teachers in Nepal have closed schools across the country in their continuing fight for permanent contracts. They have been using many tactics to get their fight for justice over to legislators, including shouting slogans in the parliament building until they were evicted. Since December of last year the teachers have been on a relay hunger strike, demanding that their contracts be regularised. They have done everything they could do avoid strike action and to try to get their demands met. 

Earlier this week the teachers, led by the Temporary Teachers Struggle Committee, held a sit in outside the offices of the Nepalese Teachers Union in Kathmandu, demanding that the union support their struggle. They were dispersed by riot police, with eight teachers injured and over thirty arrested. This is what finally precipitated the teachers into striking and locking down the community schools.

Many temporary teachers have reached retirement age and are facing a future with no income, for example one , who had been working on a temporary contract for 21 years. Another teacher with an MA was in the same case. Even though the courts have ruled that the government must regularise the teachers' contracts and the government has made several agreements to do so, thousands of teachers are still stuck on the temporary contracts with the prospect of an impoverished present and a peniless future.

As many as 55,000 teachers in Nepal are working on some form of temporary contract. To add insult to injury, the government is proposing to offer permanent contracts to other people in place of some of the temporary teachers.

This policy of keeping teachers on temporary contracts is one which is actively encouraged by the World Bank, and causes untold misery to millions of teachers across the global South and beyond.