It’s been over ten days since over 12 lakh students across the state started appearing for their HSC examinations, but answer sheets are piling up uncorrected.
Members of the group representing junior college teachers, who are boycotting the assessment of papers, are correcting only one paper each daily.
With over ten subject papers already over, the protest threatens to delay examination results.
“Our demands have been the same for quite some years now and year after year, the government makes false promises of fulfilling our demand, only to let us down all over again. Last week on Monday, we met the principal secretary of school education who promised to discuss our matter with the finance minister. However, we are yet to hear back from the government,” said Anil Deshmukh, general secretary of the Maharashtra State Federation of Junior College Teachers.
Their demands include approval of staff which have been pending for 2012-13 and 2014-15, immediate salary to teachers appointed against 935 sanctioned posts, a stop on declaration of teachers as surplus, unless there’s no work at all, among others. Last year, as well as the year before that, the teaching staff delayed assessment of papers.
“We are looking into their demands and will come out with a solution soon. Students need not worry about the assessment process as this will not delay their results,” said an official from the state education department.