Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 13:
The All Odisha 662 (+2 &+3) Non-Government Lecturers’ and Employees’ Association (AONGLEA) today announced to boycott the Plus Two and Plus Three examinations and answer paper evaluation demanding a grant-in-aid act that can address compensation and related issues.
Announcing the boycott, President of AONGLEA Golakh Nayak said that the association will stop cooperating with the State Government during the annual Plus Three examinations on February 16, university examinations on February 20 and HSC examinations on March 2.
“The State Government has not included the Higher Education Minster himself in the inter-ministerial committee that was supposed to take a call on our demands. It makes us believe that the government doesn’t even care about what we have been saying since so long. We are not backing down. We will not only boycott, but also gherao all examination hub centres during the examination till the government gives in,” said Nayak.
“We have been on the streets since more than six months now – at a stretch. The overall protests date back to 1994- about 22 years now. The government keeps playing games with us. After we ceased work for 46 days last time, the State Government invited us for talks and the Chief Minister assured that he would look into our demands. However, nothing has been done till date. We are not going relent until the government brings in a grant-in-aid Act for the colleges, secondary schools and ME schools,” said Chief Convener of the Association Prakash Mohanty.
Notbaly, the teachers of Odisha Block Teachers’ Association have also made an announcement declaring to boycott the HSC examination and answer paper evaluation until their full grant-in-aid demand is accepted by the State Government.