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‘Underpaid’ teachers refuse to evaluate answer sheets

About 1.36 lakh teachers have been allotted evaluation duty at 236 evaluation centres across the state.

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Answer sheets stacked at the Jubli Inter College in Lucknow. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Evaluation of about 5 crore answer-sheets of Uttar Pradesh Board High School and Intermediate Examination is on hold as over one lakh teachers appointed for the purpose have refused to start work until their demands are met.

The evaluators, most of whom are from unaided and aided schools in the state, are demanding hike in the evaluation remuneration, regularisation of ad-hoc teachers and giving declared honorarium to teachers in private schools.

“We do not like doing this but we are left with only this option as government is not listening to our demands and is not keeping the promises it made before the Assembly election. Thus, all the teachers from aided as well as private schools have decided to boycott the evaluation work,” said R P Mishra, secretary and spokesperson of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh (secondary teachers association).

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About 1.36 lakh teachers have been allotted evaluation duty at 236 evaluation centres across the state.

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These teachers were expected to complete evaluation of about 5 crore answer-sheets by mid of April, so that the results can be declared in May.

Speaking to The Indian Express, an evaluator said, “CBSE examiners get Rs 15 to evaluate answer-sheet of one high school student and Rs 20 for that of an intermediate student. But UP government gives Rs 6 and Rs 7, respectively”.

The amount was raised last year only as examiners were earlier getting lesser than this amount.

While the delay in evaluation might affect the final announcement of results in the state, the government is hopeful that they will be able to resolve the issue soon.

“Realising that it is an important work, teachers have made it an object of bargain. However, we are in regular touch with all the different groups of teachers, who have boycotted evaluation work and we are hopeful that it would be resolved soon,” said Jitendra Kumar, principal secretary, Secondary Education Department.

The evaluation work was earlier supposed to start on March 30 all across the state but could not begin even on Tuesday.