Protest against government's ‘neglect of demands'

The federation of aided higher secondary school teachers who are striking work in protest against the government's continued ‘neglect' of their demands will hold a dharna in front of the office of the Regional Deputy Director of Higher Secondary Education here at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

The aided higher secondary school teachers in the Malabar region have been on an indefinite strike since August 18 demanding creation of new posts in schools where the government had started over 300 Plus Two batches last year.

Quarterly examinations (Onam exam) in some of these schools were partly affected by the strike on Monday and Tuesday. The teachers had informed that they would keep off all work at the school, including exam duties, as part of the strike.

Daison Panayangodan, chairman of the Higher Secondary Teachers Federation (HSTF), told The Hindu that the federation had decided not to disrupt the conduct of the examinations as it would affect the students. “In some places, the exam could not be held while in some other schools, the authorities managed to hold the exams with the available staff,” Mr. Panayangodan said.

He said that the federation would not back out of its decision.