From March 10, The Maharashtra State Federation of Junior College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) involving 50,000 teachers has decided to assess only one paper a day of the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (HSC, Standard XII) putting forward their prolonged demands to the state government.
Anil Deshmukh, secretary of the federation informed that they have decided to resolve this issue without annoying the students or without causing any inconvenience. So rather than boycotting the assessment, they have adopted this method.
Last year with the same demands the federation had announced an infinite boycott of the assessment of the HSC Examination Papers. On 5 February, 2014 the state government, declaring that the demands would be met within three months, also promised a written confirmation. But even after having protested thrice no decision has yet been taken. The protest will be supported by the chief moderators of all the nine divisions.
The federation has 70,000 members and about 50,000 members are involved in the assessment marking. Adding, he said that on an average an assessor checks around 25 to 30 answer sheets a day.
The demands include the appointment of teachers against vacancies, to make information technology an aided subject and issues of salaries for its teachers as well.
Demands of the Federation that are to be met by that state government by March 10 in order to resume the normal checking of the papers are :
To begin the salaries of the teacher posts that was increased between 2007-2008 and 2010-2011
To start the system that was stopped in 2005 regarding the teachers to be appointed for vacant posts after a no-objection certificate has been issued by the deputy director of education.
To heed to the problems being faced by the office of the deputy director
To conduct two separate papers for Science Paper I and II
To appoint an external supervisor for the practical exams
To cancel the joint entrance exam for engineering seats
To terminate the post of Shikshak Sevak
To ensure the appointment of the vice principals in junior colleges according to seniority basis
Even though the evaluation of the HSC Examination that began on February 21 has been started to, Deshmukh said ,that if the demands are not met by March 10 only one paper will be assessed a day.