BHUBANESWAR: Even as the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) is saddled with the onerous task of conducting matriculation re-examination and publishing results in time, the teachers fraternity has begun pressing for raising the remuneration of the staff engaged in the evaluation process.
The All Orissa Government School Teachers’ Union (AOGSTU) on Sunday said that the remuneration for evaluation of papers be increased to ` 7 for papers carrying 100 marks and ` 5 for papers carrying 50 marks against the current ` 3 per paper.
The remuneration of the Chief Examiners, deputy examiners and assistant examiners be raised and they should be provided with halting allowance and DA as per scale. The chief examiner should be paid ` 5,000 with usual DA while deputy examiner be provided with ` 4,500 with DA.
AOGSTU president Kishore Rath said there should not be any discrimination between local and outside examiners in terms of fees. Every unit of the evaluation centre would have in addition to one chief, three deputy chiefs, three scrutinisers and one peon. The examiners should be allotted assignments at a distance of not more than 20 km from their headquarters, the teachers’ body stated.
In a memorandum submitted to the Secretary, School and Mass Education, the Union listed out several demands and sought a meeting to discuss the problems of the teachers and students in the secondary schools of the State.
While demanding appointment of teachers according to prescribed teacher-student ratio in schools, the Union has also demanded action against 854 “ineligible” headmasters appointed in violation of rules that stipulated promotion of trained graduate teachers with at least seven years experience to the posts. Though the Supreme Court, the Orissa High Court and Orissa Administrative Tribunal have held the appointments illegal, no action has been taken by the Government, Rath alleged.
The teachers body has stated that it would resort to a Satyagraha in front of the Assembly during the current Budget session, if no steps are taken in connection with the 25 demands.