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Students join dharna with striking teachers

Bhubaneswar: Expressing solidarity with the striking teachers, hundreds of students today staged dharna with their teachers at various evaluation centres across Odisha including BJB College in Bhubaneswar.

They opposed the government’s move in engaging inexperienced teachers in the evaluation process.

“Now, the government has arranged some inexperienced teachers to evaluate our answer-sheet. We want our teachers who are experienced enough should evaluate our papers. Because, our carrier depends on it. Government should not play with our future,” a striking student said.

Another student of FM College in Balasore echoed similar views. “The government should intervene in teachers’ issues at the earliest for the better interest of students. Who will be responsible if any fiasco takes place in evaluation process?”, he asked.

“Students from almost all districts have resorted to strike because they have also got to know from the news papers and TV channels regarding the fact. Evaluation process has been hampered. It is only due to the government’s lackadaisical attitude. We still urge the government to fulfil our demands and the normalcy will return automatically,” forum convenor Golak Nayak said at the dharna spot near BJP College in Bhubaneswar.

Another striking teacher said that government has dragged the students to road. Guardians will also join because future of their children depends on a fair evaluation of answer-sheet, she added.

Despite assurances by the Chief Minister and Inter-Ministerial Committee, the government has failed to release a notification regarding withdrawal of the affidavit clause prescribed in the grant-in-aid policy-2017”, said another agitator.

The teachers have been on an indefinite strike under the aegis of All Odisha School Teachers and Employees’ United Forum in front of 56 evaluation centres across Odisha since April 4. They demanded six-point charter of demands including withdrawal of the affidavit clause.

The government had a made a policy that the block-grant teachers should submit an affidavit to avail grant-in-aid.

On Saturday, Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) chairman Amarendra Patnaik had warned the teachers of criminal proceedings against them, if they fail to join Plus II answer sheet evaluation duty from the next day.

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