Pune: While the practical examination of higher secondary certificate (HSC) students have begun from February 1, 150 junior college teachers in the city staged a protest demanding to fulfill their requirements at the directorate of higher education office in central building on Friday.
Around 72,000 across Maharashtra had participated in the one-day strike called by Maharashtra Federation Junior College Teacher’s Organisation (MFJCTO). While junior colleges in the city also remained closed on Friday as a mark of agitation.
There are 40-50 per cent unoccupied positions for teachers in the major city colleges yet none are filling up the vacancies, claim city-based junior college teachers.
In 2012, the State government had restricted appointments of teachers in private colleges following which junior college teachers have been staging protests against the government for past 4-5 years now.
Pune District Junior College Teachers Association’s, Kiran Khanjekar, said, “After 2012, no new appointment has caused inconvenience to many junior college teachers.”
“Whereas, the government is claiming that there are more teachers in few faculties, which is incorrect. There is a shortage of teachers in science faculty. There are almost 50 per cent vacancies in the major colleges. Most of the colleges have placed teachers on contractual basis which is funded by respective colleges. Therefore, their salary is not fixed,” he said.
The list consists of 32 demands including approval of teachers’ appointments with salary from 2012, those teachers working for 24 years should be brought under selection grade, to give proper appointment letters to teachers who have recruited during the period of 2003-2011 as per their post among others. The teachers have said that if their demands are not addressed they will boycott higher secondary board examination and will not check papers from Feb 21.
Anil Deshmukh, General Secretary of MFJCTO said, “In last five years, the union has put forth their demands several times. The government seems to agree with the demands but fails to implement them. We want a concrete outcome.”