Tope balm,threat fail to stop teachers’ agitation

Despite the state agreeing to their demands the day before,the teachers on Thursday decided to continue with their agitation.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: May 11, 2012 3:16:28 am

Despite the state agreeing to their demands the day before,the teachers on Thursday decided to continue with their agitation. Meanwhile,state higher and technical education minister,Rajesh Tope,reiterated that action would be taken against teachers if they do not end their stir by Friday. Tope was in the city to attend the 48th Foundation Day of Bharati Vidyapeeth along with school education minister for the state,Rajendra Darda.

Teachers of senior colleges have been protesting for more than 40 days and boycotted assessment of exam papers.

Tope said their demands were being taken into consideration. “We have been in talks with the CM on how to work on their demands. However,paper assessments are a teacher’s duty and boycotting them is unjustified. Teachers who joined between 1991 and 1999 and had not cleared NET/SET will be approved. The issue will be soon addressed by the central government. But teachers who do not call off the boycott by Friday will be sent show cause notices,” Tope said.

Rajendra Darda also shared the state primary education department’s plans to improve quality of education. “Every year we spend huge sums on improving the quality of education by training teachers. This year,we plan to pull out 100 of the best teachers of each subject and train them. These teachers will be called master trainers,who will go to every district and train other teachers. The plan is to improve the quality of education throughout the state,” Darda said.

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