Pune: The Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers Organisation called off its protest as an outcome of ‘positive discussion’ with School Education Minister Vinod Tawde.
The teachers have now started checking papers of Std XII students, said Anil Deshmukh, secretary of the federation. More than 7,000 teachers across the state had started an indefinite protest and had boycotted the paper correction of Std XII students. The moderators of several subjects hadn’t participated in the meetings after the examinations. However, now the teachers will start the process of paper correction quickly.
“After our successful meeting with the education minister, he agreed to a few demands of ours. The teachers will be given on duty leaves for pursuing MEd, MPhil, PhD, etc. The 42 day leaves of the teachers during protest days will be restored. The teachers recruited after May 2, 2012, will be made permanent and paid salaries. Special workforce has been assigned the job of including the names of teachers as well as in the servers meant for school data,” he said.
He also said that a list of 123 junior colleges/higher secondary schools that are eligible for accreditation has been published, while the names of the rest will be published soon. The rest of the demands will be discussed over at another meeting scheduled for March 10. The education minister has given the federation a written assurance that the demands will be looked into soon.