Studentsí bodies, parents resent teachersí strike plan

University and college teachers' decision to strike work from February 4 has not gone down well with parents of the students and the various student bodies in the city. Teachers strike will adversely affect the future of students and hence should be rolled back, said the student bodies and parents alike.

"The teachers' demand of exemption from NET/SET is not correct. There is competitive exam for almost all public sector jobs such as IAS, IPS etc. Teaching is a very responsible job, hence, the criteria that teachers will have to clear NET/SET examinations is well justified," said Umesh Patil, president, Nationalist Youth Congress. The teachers are demanding exemption of teachers from NET/SET who joined between 1991 to 2000 and the release of sixth pay commission arrears.

Dr Abhijit Vaidya, president, Socialist Yuvjan Sabha, said, "There is already a lot of chaos during examinations. With this strike, the whole process of exams will be delayed due to which students will suffer. Teachers need to keep upgrading themselves. The NET/SET exams help in upgrading the knowledge of teachers and hence their demand of exemption from NET/SET is not justified."

Maharashtra Navanirman Sena Deputy city chief Ajay Shinde termed the strike as a means to blackmail the government. "An immediate strike will put the whole exam procedure on hold. The practical exams too will be affected badly. After the exams, they will check the papers in a hurry which can be disastrous for the students' future."

Neeta Joshi's elder daughter is in 3rd year Bsc Microbiology and plans to go abroad for higher studies. With the oncoming teachers' strike, Neeta is worried about her daughter's future. "She has been preparing for competitive exams to go abroad. But if the teachers go on strike, then exams will be delayed, as a result of which the entire procedure will be delayed. This may hamper her applying for higher studies," said Joshi. "I think government should take a tougher stand against this strike," she added.

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