Teachers’ strike won’t affect examination: MFUCTO

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

While professors of senior colleges in the State continue to strike for eight days now, few colleges affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will be starting their examinations (internal) from October 3.

Pune: While professors of senior colleges in the State continue to strike for eight days now, few colleges affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will be starting their examinations (internal) from October 3. However, Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) has stated that the strike will not affect any conduct of examinations at colleges. 

As many as 20,000 teachers from affiliated colleges of 10 universities across the State have participated in this strike. The strike was called to address several issues from teacher’s appointment ban to implementation of seventh pay commission for teachers from September 25. “Education Minister Vinod Tawde had met professors to discuss the issues. Although he responded positively to us, no concrete outcome has been observed till now. Therefore, we have continued to be on strike,” said general secretary of MFUCTO, PS Lawande.

However, the strike will not affect the smooth conduct of examination, assured MFUCTO. Only academic works have been banned, exam work will continue, stated Lawande. Professor Shyam Thorat, a member of MFUCTO said, “Even though teachers will work during the examination, they will not sign the attendance (muster) as a mark of the protest.” Lawande also stated that more than teachers in the city, rural area teachers have sternly participated in the ‘Kaam Bandh Andolan’.

“Although protest in the city was moderate, professors from colleges of different areas in the district, like Hadapsar, Wagholi, Shirur, Baramati, Someshwarnagar, Manchar, Autoor, Narayangaon have largely participated throughout seven days of the strike,” confirmed Ramesh Gaikwad, Secretary of Pune District Teachers Organisation. 

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