Non-teaching staff on strike, board asks teachers to conduct practicals, rushes support team

With non-teaching staff, including lab-assistants refusing to resume work, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has directed colleges to ask teachers to go ahead with the HSC practicals next week and has sent support staff for the task.

The colleges have to ensure practicals are complete by next week as HSC exams will start on February 21.

The non-teaching staff have been on strike since Wednesday, demanding arrears, Sixth Pay Commission salary, and free education for their children. RB Singh, leader of a non-teaching staff body, says the protest will continue. He threatened that they would even disrupt exams.

MSBSHSE Chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said the board will ensure exams are not disrupted.

The problem is faced only by junior colleges affiliated to degree colleges. We are ensuring students do not face any more inconvenience by instructing colleges to provide teachers. Many colleges have already done this and conducted the practicals while others will, starting Monday," he said. He said demands of non-teaching staff were being looked into.

Ajit Singh, director, Khalsa college, said, "The practicals were scheduled from February 5, but the non-teaching staff did not allow teachers and students to enter the labs,"

Deputy director, education, Mumbai, NB Chavan, said they had written to the police commissioner to depute personnel in a few colleges.

Principal, Vaze-Kelkar College, Mulund, Bhushan Sharma said, "We are thankful to the education department for sending support staff."

The Maharashtra Junior College Teachers Union (MJCTU) has also asked the education department to resolve the issue by February 21 "We will let them conduct the exams as we do not want students to suffer. If our demands are not met we will skip evaluation and the state will be responsible for the delay in results," said Anil Deshmukh of the MJCTU.

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