Nepal Maoist supporters shutdown schools

Kathmandu: Nepal's Maoist supporters on Sunday shutdown thousands of schools in the country in a bid to step up pressure on the government to convert adhoc posts into permanent and appoint more teachers.

The general strike enforced by the Maoist-affiliated Nepal Republican Teachers' Union impacted over one million students in the country.

Teachers affiliated to Maoist aligned Nepal Republican Educational Forum (NREF), Nepal Teachers Union (NTU) and Nepal Teachers Association (NTA) took to the streets after they failed last week to reach an agreement with the government on major issues, including converting adhoc posts into permanent and creating new posts for staff in schools.

Education Minister and senior Maoist leader Dinanath Sharma has appealed to the agitating teachers not to obstruct the functioning of the educational institutions and underlined the need to continue talks to sorted out the differences.

However, Baburam Adhikari, the Chairman of Nepal National Teachers Association, has threatened to halt studies in private and community schools and disrupt the upcoming examinations if the government headed by the Maoist party failed to agree to their demands.