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HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Applicants eyeing permanent positions of teachers have been flooding the District Education Offices (DEOs) to submit their applications as the deadline nears.

The Teachers’ Service Commission had announced vacancies for permanent teachers on January 4 after 17 years. Kathmandu District Education Officer (DEO) Baikuntha Aryal said Kathmandu DEO premises was not big enough to accommodate the crowd.

“Though we have set up two temporary offices at the Mid Baneshwor-based Ratna Rajya School and Dillibazaar-based Padma Kanya School to manage the crowd, they are also overcrowed,” he said.

According to Aryal, a total of 6,027 applicants have applied for the primary level, 4,308 for the lower secondary level and 1,703 for the secondary level till date, while the number of vacancy announced for primary level is 312, lower secondary is 96 and secondary is 72.

Of the total 23,000 forms distributed from various places, 12,038 applications have been approved so far. According to Ram Prasad Thapa, an applicant from Kuleshwor, Kathmandu, it took him nearly four hours to submit the form.

“There was already a long queue when I reached Padma Kanya School at 9 am today.”

Mahendra Chhetri, under secretary at the Lalitpur DEO, said the number of application for primary and lower secondary levels was around 1,000 each and they had received 500 applications for the secondary level till date in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

“With the February 7 deadline nearing, the flow of applicants is increasing,” he said. TSC had announced vacancies on January 4 for 12,876 positions that had been lying vacant after April 24, 2006. It has invited applications for various subjects such as Nepali, English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Heath, Population and Environment, Computer Science, Sanskrit Grammar and Home Science.

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