Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 15:
With the teachers’ agitation in the state entering its 36th day, the Odisha Vidyalaya Sikshak Mahasangh decided to gherao the offices of block education officers (BEOs) across the state and hold protest rallies from today demanding regularisation of their service and implementation of the grant-in-aid (GIA) system of salary payment.
Besides, the teachers have decided to launch a door-to-door campaign and meet the parents of the school children seeking their support during their three-day campaign from Sep 21, a member of the teachers’ body said.
Following this, the teachers will hold two-day protest rallies in front of BEO offices from Sep 25 pressing for fulfilment of their demands, he added.
The Odisha Vidyalaya Sikshak Mahasangh has threatened to gherao the state secretariat here on Sep 30 if their demands are not met by then.
“The government has put a lock on the education system in the state since long. The teachers’ have not locked the schools. The teachers are on cease work agitation only. The government is ignoring the demands and necessities of the teachers and the schools. The teachers are agitating to fulfil their demands,” Praksh Chandra Mohanty, convener of the association said.
It may be recalled that the school teachers who were on an agitation at the Lower PMG square had gheroed houses of MLAs and prevented them from going to the Assembly on Aug 20.
Meanwhile, the indefinite stir of at least 40,000 block grant teachers has brought studies in nearly 4,000 schools across the state to a grinding halt. As per a rough estimate, nearly 6 lakh students have been affected by the agitation and have put question marks over the conduct of the examinations. The teachers had also boycotted Teachers’ Day celebrations and observed it as Black Day.