CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court on Friday directed three teachers’ associations of the State to cooperate with Government for smooth conduct of HSC examinations scheduled to be held from February 22.
The division bench of acting Chief Justice PK Mohanty and Justice B Mohanty stated that demands of the teachers would be taken up in next hearing keeping the earlier directions of the court in view.
Asking the teachers to cooperate, the bench directed the DGP to provide required police assistance for conduct of the examination. Additional Government advocate BP Pradhan and standing counsel Sisir Das have been directed to communicate the order to Government forthwith by special messenger.
The court’s directives came in response to a PIL filed by one Babaji Sahoo of Cuttack, alleging that the teachers’ strike would affect HSC examinations. The present strike call given by the teachers’ associations is detrimental and not in the interest of the society at large as well as students throughout the State.
Considering the submissions made before the court, the bench directed School Teachers’ Federation of Odisha, Odisha Secondary School Teachers’ Association and Block Grant Secondary School Teachers’ Association to cooperate for smooth conduct of HSC examination.
Meanwhile, the State Government adopted a tough stand against agitating block grant teachers. Official sources said the schools of teachers who do not cooperate with the Government in conducting the tests will be excluded from the list of examination centres from next year.