Gaur, June 10: All the government schools in Rautahat have been closed for the next five days owing to a strike announced by the teachers appointed under the Per Child Fund (PCF).
            The PCF teachers here who were on warpath for a week, putting forth a charter of eight-point demands have announced the closure of schools beginning from today.
            Around 300,000 children are forced to stay home due to the closure of schools.
Remuneration as per other teachers, removal of age-limit for PCF teachers in the Teachers' Service Commission and management of insurance of PCF teachers are among other demands put forth by the PCF Teachers Struggle Committee.
            PCF teachers across the country have been staging a sit-in protest in front of the respective district education offices since May 28 with a view to piling pressure on the government to address their voices.
            Issuing a press statement today, Committee Central Senior Vice President Hriday Narayan Yadav said they decided to close the district-based government schools for five days as their voices for 'justice' fell on deaf ears.
            District Education Officer Laxmiram Bhattarai has urged the agitating teachers not to close the academic institutions and deprive the students of their right to education through a press statement. However, the Committee has lambasted the DEO appeal. RSS 
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