PUNE: Holding students and the State Board hostage, the junior college teachers assessing Std XII Board exam answer sheets have refused to hand over the assessed answers sheets to the Board. This has thwarted the entire result process, which might cause a delay in declaration of HSC result this year.
However, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has appealed to the teachers not to hold the students’ futures at stake.
Meanwhile, the decision to hold back the assessed answer sheets was made by the Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers after the meeting with the Education Minister recently. The Federation had called off their agitation a few days ago after a ‘positive discussion’ with Education Minister Vinod Tawde.
He had agreed to some of their demands. Although the paper correction of Std XII Board exams began after that, the Federation has now decided not to submit the corrected papers.
“On March 27, we were assured that some of our demands will be met, but that has not happened. Similarly, we wanted a written assurance from the minister. The demands include the release of a new list of junior colleges that are eligible for aid, approval of staff recruited after May 2, 2012, and increased budgetary provision for the teachers on extra 171 posts between 2003 and 2010-11, etc,” Anil Deshmukh, Secretary of the Federation, said.
“In our last meeting, the Minister had said that directives will be given to meet our demands but no directives have been issued as yet. Hence, we have decided that our protest will continue, and the answer sheets assessed by us will not be submitted to the Board until the ministers give the directives,” Deshmukh added.
Krishnakumar Patil, Secretary, MSBSHSE, told Sakal Times that the Board has appealed to the Federation to submit the answer sheets in time. “If the HSC results are delayed, it might cause harm to the further admissions of many students. For the sake of the students, we have requested the Federation to find some other way to persuade the government to approve their demands. They should not protest at the cost of the children’s future.”