Stuck with huge piles of HSC answer sheets until the strike by junior college teachers is called off, city colleges are worried about the security risk involved in safeguarding the papers for a long time.
The HSC exams have been held for 13 days now and students have appeared for 25 subjects. Uncertain about the duration of the strike and with barely a watchman or two to guard their premises, colleges are wary of trouble-mongers.
TA Shivare, principal of KPB Hinduja College, Churchgate, said: “We keep the sealed packets of answer sheets received from the board in steel cupboards. We are taking every precaution, but there is no saying what troublemakers might do to get their hands on answer sheets. We hope the strike ends soon.”
However, the teachers are not likely to relent soon. Anil Deshmukh, general secretary of the Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers, said: “It has been nearly a week since our last meeting with representatives of the state government and the education board but we are yet to see any concrete action on their part. Our strike is going to continue till our demands are met.”