BHUBANESWAR: The stalemate over evaluation of answer sheets of Plus-II examination finally came to an end with the agitating teachers of 488 and 622 categories withdrawing their stir following a discussion with the State Government.
Leader of the 622 category of teachers’ association Golak Nayak said the lecturers have decided to put on hold the agitation considering the request of the State Government and future of students. “The teachers will join duty from Sunday and participate in the answer sheet evaluation as the Government has assured us to find a way out to resolve the issue,” he said.
Teachers are demanding grant-in-aid instead of block grant mode of payment. Secretary of Joint Coordination Committee of the two associations Ajay Samal said the meeting with Minister of State for Higher Education Pradeep Panigrahy in presence of Minister of State for Energy Pranab Prakash Das was cordial. Announcing the withdrawal of stir by the teachers, the Higher Education Minister said a meeting of the inter-ministerial committee, headed by Finance Minister Pradip Amat, has been scheduled on April 24 to take a call on measures for a permanent solution to the demands of the teachers’ associations.
Stating that the State Government has already fulfilled most of the demands of the teachers it has assured them to fulfil other demands within a couple of months. Members of the teachers’ associations had boycotted the annual Plus Two evaluation since April 4 protesting the non-fulfilment of their demands.