Junior college faculty to protest from Feb 21

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

“In a meeting with the State Education Minister on January 31, he promised to accept the demands and make final decisions in 10 days. However, just as done several times in the past, he failed to keep his word, compelling us to start the protest,” said Anil Deshmukh, President of the Federation.

PUNE: The faculty of junior colleges, under the banner of  Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers’ Organisation, have declared a non-cooperation protest across the state  from February 21, the first day of the Std XII examination. 

The protest has been called following the State Government’s alleged apathy towards demands of the teachers pending for more than a year.

“In a meeting with the State Education Minister on January 31, he promised to accept the demands and make final decisions in 10 days. However, just as done several times in the past, he failed to keep his word, compelling us to start the protest,” said Anil Deshmukh, President of the Federation.

The teachers also protested during the HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) and SSC (Secondary School Certificate) examinations last year, after which the government assured to fulfill their demands. However, a year later, the issues remain unresolved. 

While the protest last year threatened delay in results, this year it might cause obstructions in the examination processes.

According to Deshmukh, the minister agreed to the demand of giving on duty leaves for teachers pursuing MEd, MPhil and PhD. 

The teachers recruited after May 2, 2012, were to be given permanent status and paid due salaries. While Deshmukh said a special workforce had been assigned the job of including the names of teachers and in the servers for school data, the work still seems to be on the cards only.

Another demand that a list of 123 junior colleges/higher secondary schools that are eligible for accreditation would be published, while names of the rest will be published soon. Also, the IT courses in the colleges are awaiting grants from the government.

Other demands of the federation include implementation of Seventh Pay Commission, provisions for teaching staffers who have spent over 24 years in the profession and old pension scheme for all faculty.

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