Junior college teachers threaten to boycott Class 12 exams

Teachers want three-tier pay commission to be implemented from January 1996

The junior college teachers in the state have submitted an application to the government demanding implementation of three-tier pay commission from January 1996. They have threatened to boycott class 12 board exams in case their demands are not met within two months.

The Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers had issued a notice to Education Minister Rajesh Tope in Nagpur on December 17. "The minister has promised to hold a meeting of all the stakeholders on January 10. If no decision is taken, we will boycott the exams starting on February 21," said general secretary of the federation Anil Deshmukh.

The three-tier pay scale was implemented for junior college teachers from 2000. "In all other government sectors it was implemented from 1996. We don't want any arrears but the pay scale should be implemented from 1996 so that we get increments," said Deshmukh. Also in 1999, teachers had gone on strike for 42 days to get the Sixth Pay Commission implemented. "We want 42 leaves to be restored as encashing them is not possible," added Deshmukh.

The federation said that as per the new syllabus the single paper for science subjects and Maths is a burden on students. "Our boards are blindly copying CBSE which will harm students. CBSE gives 6-7 day study leave between two papers, where as we don't. Hence, the exam pattern where there were two papers for a subject, should be restored," said Deshmukh.

Deshmukh said that now the practical exam weightage has increased to 30 but the examiner will be internal. "This may lead to biased marking affecting the future of students. This time, CET too will consider 50 per cent marks obtained in board marks," said Deshmukh.

The federation demanded that the permanently unaided tag from junior colleges should be removed as was done for the schools.

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