Junior college teachers threaten stir during exam

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

“Last year, when we protested during the examinations, Education Minister Vinod Tawde accepted our demands, and promised to implement them soon. However, almost a year later, we are still waiting,” Anil Deshmukh of the Federation said.

Pune: Ahead of the Std XII Board examinations in the State, the issues of the junior college teachers under the Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers’ Organisation have resurfaced yet again.

The organisation has intimated the government that if their demands, which are pending for more than one year, are not met with, they will start a ‘non-cooperation’ protest at the time of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination.

While last year, when the teachers protested during HSC examination, their demands were accepted by the State Education Minister, yet there was no notification released for the implementation.

“Last year, when we protested during the examinations, Education Minister Vinod Tawde accepted our demands, and promised to implement them soon. However, almost a year later, we are still waiting,” Anil Deshmukh of the Federation said.

According to him, the Minister had agreed to the demand of giving on duty leaves for pursuing MEd, MPhil, PhD, etc. to the teachers. Also, the teachers recruited after May 2, 2012, were supposed to be given permanent status and paid due salaries. While Deshmukh had mentioned that a special workforce had been assigned the job of including the names of teachers as well as in the servers meant for school data, the work still seems to be on the cards only.

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

For the whole month of January, the teachers are protesting in several parts of the State, to make the government hear their grievance. However, Deshmukh said they have not received any response from the 
authorities.

“Last month, on December 17, we had a meeting with Tawde, wherein he promised to find a solution to the issue by December 31. However, there was no communication whatsoever after that,” he added.

He added, “We are taking out a silent march on January 30, at all the divisions, to assert that our demands be brought into implementation. If the government still fails to pay attention, we will launch a non-cooperation protest during the HSC examination.”

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