For yet another year, junior college teachers have threatened to not cooperate in the assessment of HSC board exam answersheets if their demands are not met by March 3. The Maharashtra State Junior College Teachers' Association, which claims to have 72,000 members, will correct only one answer paper per day .
For the past few years, junior college teachers have been putting forth their demands to the state government. Some demands have been agreed to in principle but not implemented, said the teachers. “Time and again, we have had talks with the government and have been assured the demands have been accepted but there has been no action. The state said it would start giving aid to junior colleges in 2015 but nothing has been done,“ said Anil Deshmukh, general secretary of the association.
Few of the 24 demands include that the government is giving approval to teachers who have been appointed in 2012 and correcting errors in the online approval process.They have also demanded that Information Technology be made an aided subject so that teachers can receive salary grant for it.
Over 13 lakh students across the state will appear for the board exams from February 28. The assessment process will begin soon after.“The government has 10 days to act on our demands. If that is not done, we will not cooperate with the assessment process,“ said Deshmukh.The teachers had held two protests in the city in the past few months, including a jail bharo andolan.
Board officials said they would put forth the teachers' demands to the government and hope results are not affected. “The board cannot do anything about the demands but we will forward them to the government.
However, the teachers must consider that the students will be affected by this protest and that should not happen,“ said Dattatray Jagtap, divisional board chairperson, Mumbai.