Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 28:
Classes at Block Grant schools across Odisha resumed today after over a month and a half long boycott by teachers who withdrew their stir yesterday following discussion with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra.
The striking teachers joined their duty today with the assurance of the government to meet their demands. Classes in the schools resumed after a break of almost 50 days.
Teachers from more than 4,000 blocks grant schools had joined the agitation since August 10 demanding abolition of block grant system.
Following notification issued by the state government based on the recommendation of the inter-ministerial committee to bring in 438 schools under the purview of the grant-in-aid (GIA) policy of the government with effect from October 1 on Thursday, more than 40,000 teachers of 4,000 schools owing allegiance to Odisha Vidyalaya Sikshak Mahasangh had withdrawn their stir.
However, another faction of the striking teachers owing allegiance to Block Grant Secondary Sikshak & Karmachari Association representing 2, 209 schools had threatened to continue with their agitation which included the staging of a massive rally at the Chief Minister’s constituency on September 28 as well as keep schools closed.
Notably, the schools that had joined the stir include 2,209 high schools, 916 elementary schools, 130 Sanskrit tolls and more than 40 madrasas.
The padyatra scheduled in Hinjilikatu today was put on hold after the state government’s assurance to fulfil their demands.