Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 7:
The Block Grant High School Teachers and Employees Association in Odisha on Sunday decided to defer the High School Pre-Test examinations, scheduled today, to September 22.
“The Association took the decision in view of its ongoing strike. We have informed our decision to all block grant high school headmasters,” secretary of the Association Prashant Kumar Mohapatra told the media here.
He also said the block grant high school teachers would not cooperate in the enrolment and registration of Class IX students, scheduled in the second week of this month, if the state government fails to meet the demands of the Association within the period.
“We will further intensify our agitation from September 10,” Mohapatra warned.
On the other hand, president of Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Prof Dakshya Prasad Nanda said the Board has entrusted the responsibility to the block grant teachers to conduct the pre-test examinations as per their schedule.
“The pre-test examinations will have no effect on the Board,” he pointed out.
Referring to the enrolment registration of Class IX students, who will appear the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations in 2017, Nanda said the Board will process the registration of these students irrespective of their numbers.
Sources in the School and Mass Education department said there is a possibility of a second round ministerial level committee meeting in a couple of days to discuss the ongoing strike of the block grant high school teachers and employees.
“As there was no positive outcome in the first round meeting, the ensuing meeting holds ample significance. The committee, after the meeting, will have a discussion with the agitating teachers’ body to find a solution,” a senior official of the department said.
On the other hand, senior BJP leader and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan had a meeting with the members of the Block Grant High School Teachers and Employees Association, Odisha Secondary School Teachers’ Association and Zilla Parishad Sikshak Sangh at the State Guest House here on Sunday.
Pradhan assured the teachers that he would take up their issues with Union HRD minister Shruti Irani in New Delhi very soon.