Student unions have stopped vehicular movement at Maitighar, Kathmandu for an hour starting Friday noon demanding that the exams for permanent teachers scheduled for April 6 be stopped.
All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) affiliated to CPN-UML, Nepal Students Union (NSU) to Nepali Congress (NC), and All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary) to CPN (Maoist Center) have also announced closure of all educational institutions from Sunday demanding revocation of the ninth amendment of the Education Act and free competition for recruitment of permanent teachers.
The students are against the provision of the amended Act that says 75 percent of the permanent teachers will be recruited through internal examinations among the temporary teachers and 25 percent through free competition.
The three student unions have also submitted a memorandum letter to Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel demanding revocation of the amended Act.
Temporary teachers and students, meanwhile, have been staging fast-unto-death at Bhadrakali and Maitighar respectively.
The teachers are demanding prompt implementation of the amended Act providing 75 percent quota to temporary teachers while the students demand its revocation to ensure that all the teachers are recruited through free competition.