Contingency plan ready for smooth scrutiny of Matric answer sheets: Minister

Bhubaneswar: School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra on Monday warned the agitating school and college teachers to withdraw their ongoing stir and urged them to participate in the evaluation of Matric answer sheets starting Tuesday.

The Minister said the Government has contingency plan to streamline the evaluation process of the agitating teachers do not relent.

He asserted that the scrutiny process will not be affected due to strike.

“We still hope that they will cooperate in the evaluation process of the Matric answer sheets beginning tomorrow. We had held talks with the teachers earlier and they were committed to participate in the evaluation process. If they don’t we have contingency plans in place,” said Patra.

The All Odisha School and College Teachers’ and Employees’ Forum are protesting the alleged inordinate delay on the part of the State Government in publishing a notification of withdrawal of compulsory affidavit clause to avail grant-in-aid (GIA).

On the other hand, Board of Secondary Education (BSE) President Dr. Jahanara Begum informed that the board will take decision regarding adopting alternative method for the evaluation of the answer sheets by today evening, in case the teachers do not relent.

“At least 4,000 to 5,000 teachers are on strike and we have alternatives for them and there will be no problem in the evaluation of the answer sheets. However, I think the teachers are responsible enough to take the appropriate decision,” said the BSE President.

Meanwhile, the agitating body have staged dharna in all the 57 evaluation centres across the State, including the Capital High School in Bhubaneswar.

The teachers’ body are also requesting the teachers, who are arriving the evaluation centres across the State to join their duty, to not to co-operate with the State Government and skip the process which is scheduled to start on March 20.

The scrutiny will continue for 12 days. A total of 13,280 teachers will check the answer scripts of as many as 5,90,330 students in 57 evaluation centres across Odisha.

Notably, the forum has been protesting against a State Government rule that makes it mandatory for teachers and employees to submit an affidavit before the Government declaring that they would withdraw all court cases against the Government and not move court against the Government in the future if they wish to avail themselves of GIA facilities.

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