BHUBANESWAR: The teachers of 488 category block grant colleges on Saturday threatened to boycott the ensuing Plus Two examination and evaluation of answer sheets alleging that the State Government did not invite them to the inter-ministerial committee meeting on Friday.
Although teachers of both 488 and 662 category colleges had launched the agitation two weeks back demanding abolition of block grant and implementation of grant-in-aid (GIA) irrespective of their categories, only representatives of 662 category colleges were invited for the meeting.
Alleging that the State Government is using ‘divide and rule’ policy, president of the 488 category college teachers’ association Pabitra Mahala said the Government played politics by not inviting them and assuring 662 category teachers of fulfilling their demands. Following the meeting, the 662 category teachers on Saturday announced to participate in the Plus Two examination process till March 10 by wearing black badges. Failing a positive announcement by the State Government by then, they would re-launch their stir and not participate in the evaluation process, he added.
The Plus Two examination will begin from Wednesday. This year, around 8,000 teachers of both 488 and 662 category colleges are on invigilation duty and management of examination hubs where question papers and answer sheets are stored.