Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 17:
The Contract Teachers’ Association of Odisha today suspended their stir and agreed to cooperate with the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) and Odisha Government during the upcoming High School Certificate (HSC) examination.
The decision came after a meeting between the teachers and Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra today.
While the School and Mass Education Department yesterday warned disciplinary action against the teachers not participating in the examination process, Minister Mishra today assured the contract teachers that he would consider re-employment of teachers that had been laid off recently to win over them.
“Today we had a discussion with the contract teachers. They have assured me that they would extend complete support during the HSC examination. They also presented their list of demands and we would pursue them,” said Minister Mishra speaking to reporters after the meeting.
“The Minister requested us to cooperate with the government during the examination. We have agreed to it and henceforth suspending our agitation. However, if they back out on their words, we would be back on the streets starting March 10,” said Contract Teachers Association Secretary Amarendra Swain.
School and Mass Education Director Ratnakar Rout has asked all District Education Officers (DEO) to cancel all leaves and ensure attendance of cent percent contract teachers during the HSC Examinations.
While the government managed to rein in the contract teachers, conducting the HSC, Plus Two and Plus Three examinations still appear to be an uphill task as the Block Grant Teachers’ Association and All Odisha 662 (+2 &+3) Non-Government Lecturers’ and Employees’ Association (AONGLEA) continue their agitation in Lower PMG. They have been adamant on their stand to not cooperate with the government during the HSC, Plus Two and Plus Three examinations until their demands are met.