Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 4:
With block grant high school teachers continuing with their indefinite strike and the Odisha government remaining impervious to their demands, there is a question mark over the future of around five lakh matriculation students set to write their pre-test examinations in the state.
Question papers for Class X pre-test examinations, scheduled to start from September 7, have already been sent to the schools. With around 2000 block grant high schools locked out due to the strike and no breakthrough in sight in the near future, the students and their parents are a worried lot.
Out of the 5 lakh students going to sit for the matriculation exams in 2016, around one lakh students belong to these block grant schools. While preparations are on for the important qualifying examination in other government schools, block high school students have been left high and dry by both the government as well as their teachers.
The teachers have refused to come back to school unless their demands are fulfilled.
“We are sorry for the disturbance in students’ studies and appeal to them to support our cause. The government ministerial committee is just an eyewash. We want justice and will not relent till our demands are met,” said general secretary of Block Grant Secondary School Teacher and Employees Association, Prasant Mohapatra.
In the last few years, the results of government schools are deteriorating while Saraswati Shishu Mandir schools and private schools have performed much better.
If the strike continues the pre-test dates might have to the shifted or cancelled. This is not all; the Class IX students who will sit for 2017 board exams will have their online enrollment in the second week of September.