Around 2,000 teachers across the city are boycotting paper corrections for the final year undergraduate exam papers, raising the possibility of delayed exam results.
Members of the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (Buctu) will boycott paper corrections following the government’s refusal to look into their demands. Their demands include that teachers be paid their Sixth Pay Commission scale salary arrears and regularisation of the appointments and promotions of thousands of teachers exempt from NET/SET rules, which came into effect from 2000.
“Our strike will remain on until the government gives in to our demands,” said Tapati Mukhopadhyay, general secretary, Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (MFUCTO), that is coordinating the state-wide strike. Nine other universities across the state are also part of the strike. MFUCTO will be holding a day-long protest at the university on April 16 and has called for a Jail Bharo Andolan on that day. The striking teachers have alleged, that as a result of their strike, unqualified teachers are being recruited for corrections.
University officials tried to downplay the issue. “Nearly 10% of the assessment for the commerce papers has already been completed. If the others join, we can finish everything as early as possible,” said S Deo, director of examinations at the university. He also denied that unqualified teachers had been recruited for the purposes of paper correction.