Association calls off boycott keeping in mind the interests of students
Students and their parents heaved a sigh of relief as lecturers called off the four-day boycott of evaluation of II PU answer scripts on Monday.
Hours after a meeting with Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, the Karnataka State Pre-University College Lecturers' Association, which was staging a dharna at Freedom Park here, announced its decision to call off the boycott “unconditionally”, “keeping in mind the interests of students and parents”.
The lecturers have agreed to resume evaluation from Tuesday.
They began the boycott on April 13, demanding a hike in pay scale, among other things.
Thimmaiah Purle, president of the lecturers' association, said that they had resigned themselves to the situation, and were returning to work “with great pain”. However, he said that lecturers were expected to resume work in full strength across 37 centres only by Wednesday as they would take a day to return from their hometowns.
Curiously, the lecturers, who were unrelenting till Monday afternoon, said they had “given up” on their demands, and had no great expectations from a meeting with Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to be held on April 19.
K.R. Srikanthe Gowda, president of the Karnataka State Pre-University Principals' Association, said that just like the boycott did not yield results, a comprehensive solution may not arise out of the meeting with the Chief Minister.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Kageri chaired a meeting with office-bearers of the associations, Legislative Council, Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy, and Basavaraj Horatti, Ganesh Karnik, Puttanna and C.G. Madhusudan, MLCs representing teachers' constituencies, to find a solution to the stalemate.
Speaking to presspersons after the two-hour-long meeting, Mr. Kageri said the State government was keeping an open mind on the demands of the teachers and promised to hold discussions with them in the presence of the Chief Minister on April 19.
Mr. Kageri added that the government would respond to the teachers' demands.