Higher Secondary School HMs' Association threatens to boycott examinations

Shastry V Mallady

Hunger strike in Chennai on January 22

MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary School Headmasters' Association has threatened to boycott higher secondary examinations commencing on March 2 if their demands were not met by the State Government immediately.

It also announced a hunger strike in Chennai on January 22 to reiterate its demands and mobilise support.

The general body meeting of the association was held here on Wednesday in which office-bearers and headmasters of various government and aided schools called for a "favourable consideration" of their demands by the Chief Minister.

Talking to reporters, its State general secretary, N. Ammayappan, said the important demand was to redesignate headmasters of higher secondary schools as principals like in private schools.

He said though the association was holding demonstrations in various districts, the Government was yet to respond to their demands. The association also demanded that headmasters, who were also chief superintendents, should not be deputed to other schools during public examinations and urged the Government to pay at least a minimum of Rs.100 as remuneration fee.

While demanding immediate filling up of teaching and non-teaching vacancies in schools, it also called for payment of cash incentives to teachers for pursuing M. Phil. and Ph. D. programmes.

The post of personal secretary in the office of Chief Educational Officer should go only to headmasters of higher secondary schools and not to those from high schools, the association said. Service registers of higher secondary school headmasters should be handled only by the Chief Educational Officer and not District Educational Officer.

Among those who spoke at the general body meeting were K. Swaminathan, State president, R. Manoharan, district president, and S. Pounraj, district secretary.

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