Teachers engaged in checking answersheets in 29 centres set up by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education across the state went on an indefinite strike on Wednesday, demanding proper honorarium. It was the first day of the spot evaluation process.
The agitating teachers are demanding remuneration for paper-checking on the pattern of the Central Board of School Education (CBSE).
Himachal Government Teachers’ Union (HGTU) block president GS Dadhwal alleged that the remuneration being given by the HPBOSE was much lower than what the teachers were demanding, adding that a post-graduate teacher got Rs 6.5 per copy, while a trained graduate teacher got Rs 4.5. Earlier, they got Rs 6 and Rs 4 per copy, respectively, he added.
“In a meeting held with theboard in February this year, we demanded honorarium as per the CBSE pattern, or at least Rs 12 to Rs 15 per copy,” said Dhadwal. The CBSE gives honorarium of `20 per copy a day. He alleged that the board accepted their demand, but later increased the honorarium by only 50 paisa per paper.
The teachers’ strike will not only hit the paper-checking process, but will also delay the declaration of result.
Currently, nearly 100 teachers have been deployed at each centre and more were to be recruited on April 7.
Apart from the remuneration amount for evaluation, teachers get Rs 180 as travelling allowance a day, besides refreshment. Each teacher has to check 30 papers a day, so on an average, each teacher gets Rs 350 a day for evaluation duty.
HPBOSE secretary Balbir Thakur could not be reached for comments.
However, sources said board officials have called a meeting with the teachers’ union on April 9 to resolve the issue. Till then, teachers have been asked to resume checking.
However, Dhadwal said they will not call off the strike until their demands were met.