With all the about 12,000 school lecturers keeping off classes for the second day on Wednesday, the studies of Classes 11 and 12 were hit across the state.
The lecturers associated with Haryana School Lecturers Association (HSLA), who have been boycotting the evaluation of answer sheets of Class 12 since November 7, are demanding better pay and avenues for promotions.
The HSLA president, Dayanand Dalal, said that principal secretary, school education, Surina Rajan, has invited them for a meeting on Thursday and future course of action would be decided after the meeting.
Over 500 members of the district unit of Haryana School Lecturers Association (HSLA) remained on casual leave on Wednesday and no academic work could take place in schools for Classes 11 and 12. HSLA state president Dayanand Dalal said that a dharna was staged in the town to highlight the anomalies in pay grades of lecturers when compared with neighbouring states Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
He said that they were fighting for a just cause and urged the state government to fix their promotion ratio according to their strength. The school lecturers, he said, who have eligibility for working as college lecturers, should be adjusted accordingly.
Admitting loss of studies owing to their two-day mass casual leave, he said that they would compensate the loss of studies by taking extra classes after school hours and on holidays.
Justifying boycott of evaluation of answer sheets of Classes 11 and 12 students, Dalal said they would not budge till their demands are not met. He, however, was hopeful that something positive would come out of the Thursday meeting with education secretary.
There was no teacher to take classes of Classes 11 and 12 students in the district as the lecturers remained on casual leave for the second day on Wednesday.
Haryana School Lecturers Association district president Mahender Mehta said they would continue boycotting the evaluation process until their demands regarding pay scale and designation were accepted by the state government.
HSLA state vice-president Surender Thori said that government verbally had accepted all their demands, but implementation was nil. Another HSLA member Dayanand Sharma said they were demanding increase in pay scale from Rs 4,800 to Rs 5,400 and direct promotion from school cadre to college cadre.
Meanwhile, the HSLA has given a call for making its December 11 rally in Pacnhkula a success.
School lecturers continued their boycott of the evaluation of answer books as they remained on casual leave for the second day on Wednesday. The Haryana School Lecturers Association (HSLA) would stage dharnas on November 28 and 29 at all the district headquarters. District HSLA president Bhagwan Dutt said that their agitation would continue till the acceptance of all their demands.
Studies at various government schools in the district were hit as the lecturers remained on causal leave for the second day on Wednesday. The lecturers reached their respective schools and staged protests.
Besides raising slogans, the protesting teachers burnt effigies of the state government.
President of district unit of HSLA Bhim Singh claimed that the strike was successful as all the 435 lecturers in Karnal had taken casual leave for the second consecutive day.
A principal at a rural school said that students were asked to go for self study as the lecturers did not take classes.
“It was like an off day where teachers and students basked under the sun,” a teacher said on the condition of anonymity.
School lecturers were already boycotting the evaluation of answer books Class 12, demanding hike in pay grade from Rs 4,800 to Rs 5,400 and direct promotion from school cadre to college cadre.
Also, they have been opposing the government move to re-designate them as postgraduate teachers instead of school cadre lecturers.
Lecturers can discuss issue with govt: Bhukkal
Taking note of school lecturers going on mass casual leave, education minister Geeta Bhukkal has said that lecturers should not get involved in politics and perform their duties earnestly. She said this while talking to mediapersons at her residence in Jhajjar on Wednesday.
She said that in a democratic set up every one has the right to express themselves, but the manner in which lecturers are protesting is not appreciable. She said teachers should raise their demands in a peaceful manner and boycotting evaluation or going on mass leave is no answer to the problem. She said that the lecturers could discuss the issue with the government anytime.