BHUBANESWAR: The School Teachers’ Federation of Odisha (STFO) on Tuesday threatened to boycott the Matriculation examinations if the State Government did not address their grievances by February 19. A team of the Association met members of State Cabinet to discuss their longstanding demands. However, the meeting proved to be futile following which the teachers warned to boycott the examinations. The Ministerial-level meeting was held during the afternoon at the State Secretariat in which Ministers Debi Mishra, Bikram Arukh and Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak participated.
“There was no agreement on issues which have been pending for a long time including full grant-in-aid for teachers and staff of block grant schools,” a representative of STFO said. The association also expressed displeasure over the Government decision to regularise job after eight years of service instead of six years. Earlier in the day, the block grant teachers resumed their strike which blocked traffic at Station Square to PMG Square for the entire day. Later, more than 50,000 teachers marched towards Sishu Bhavan square to gherao Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence.
The protestors were stopped by police near Bapuji Nagar where a faceoff between the two sides occurred. Vehicular movement on Rajmahal square to Sishu Bhavan square was disrupted for over five hours due to the agitation.