Yuva Sena, Shiv Sena’s youth wing, on Tuesday warned teachers to withdraw the boycott of exam-related work or be prepared to face the consequences.
On February 4, about 50,000 junior and degree college teachers, across the state, decided to boycott all exam-related work for want of better pay and working conditions which, they say, have been continually declined by the state.
During Tuesday’s press conference at Shiv Sena Bhavan, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray said that it was unfair of the teachers to hold the students to ransom.
“The teachers have a grievance against the government but students have to bear the brunt. If tomorrow, the students take to the streets, the Yuva Sena will fully back them,” he added.
He said that the Yuva Sena was sympathetic to the demands made by the teachers but was opposed to any agitation during the exams.
“We are even prepared to support them but not at the cost of the students,” said Thackeray.
Thackeray is scheduled to meet chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to ask for his intervention in the matter.
“The chief minister should hold talks and solve the matter as it concerns the future of these students,” he added.
Thackeray said that if Chavan fails to solve the deadlock, he would approach governor K Sankaranarayanan with his demands.
“The governor has been positive and has solved many of our grievances,” he added.