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Board of Secondary Education official warns erring personnel of action

Teachers seek hike in remuneration

They also upset with poor arrangements

CUTTACK: So desperate are the teachers evaluating Matriculation examination answer sheets that a day before their actual boycott of duty, many of them on Sunday stayed away from evaluation centres sending shock waves among students and their guardians across the State.

“It is unlikely that our results would be published in time this year looking at the manner in which the evaluation process is going on,” said Rani Mohanty, an examinee of the city who appeared for the Matriculation examination in March this year.

The state Board of Secondary Education (BSE), which conducts the final school leaving examination, which is also called High School Certificate (HSC) examination, has hoped to publish the results by June-end after the evaluation of papers began earlier this month.

But just five days into the evaluation process which commenced in about 79 centres across the state, the teachers began restive and complained about the paltry remuneration they are being paid for evaluation. They were also upset with the poor arrangements at the evaluation centres.

Rs. 3 per sheet

“We are supposed to evaluate a maximum of 20 answer sheets of 100 marks each a day and we are paid only Rs. 3 per sheet which limits our daily earnings to Rs. 60 which is even half of what a labourer gets a day,” said a grumbling teacher who returned back to his home on Sunday evening after boycotting his duty in the afternoon.

The teachers also pointed out that their remuneration has not been revised for last few years despite repeated petitions before the BSE authorities. The teachers also threatened that they would not resume the evaluation of papers from Monday onwards if BSE doesn’t hike remuneration and pay them halting allowances.

At least 20,000 teachers were engaged to evaluate the answer sheets of matriculation examinations which have as many as nine papers, including two Mathematics and three language papers. Besides, there are two science and social science papers each as well.

Strong warning

But the BSE authorities have not taken lightly to the strike call by the teachers.

The authorities, although have assured that the teachers’ demands would be fulfilled after the examination council meeting slated later this month, a strong warning has been issued to all the erring teachers.

“We would hike the remuneration and consider paying halting allowances to the teachers only after discussing it in our council meeting and looking at our resources,” said BSE secretary N. R. Mohapatra on Saturday. At the same time he also preferred to send a warning saying: “Stringent actions would be initiated against the erring teachers as per section 45 of Examination Conduct Rules,” Mr. Mohapatra warned.