Odisha govt unfazed by teachers’ stir; HSC answer sheet evaluation on schedule

Bhubaneswar: Board of Secondary Education (BSE),Odisha today made it clear that come what may evaluation of High School Certificate (HSC) Examination-2018 answer sheets will begin tomorrow as per programme announced earlier.

The BSE said examiners have reported at all evaluation centres barring eight out of the total 57 across the State.

“Barring eight centres, examiners have joined in all other centres so evaluation of answer sheets will start tomorrow as per earlier announced schedule,” informed Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, Controller Examination, BSE this evening.

“We have good number of contract teachers and experienced teachers of other schools who will be deployed for evaluation work wherever it will be needed,” he added.

School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra while appealing to agitating teachers to cooperate in evaluation work asserted that the government has a contingency plan in place in the event of teachers not cooperating in the evaluation process.

“Their demand over the issue of affidavit has been accepted by the government. The Chief Minister today said that there is no need for submitting affidavit. So they should be happy and cooperate. If they don’t withdraw their call for boycott we have a contingency plan in place. We will engage others to get the answer sheets evaluated. We still appeal them through you to cooperate with the government keeping in mind the future of the students,” clarified Patra.

Notably, Odisha School College Teachers’ and Employees’ United Forum which has given a call for boycotting evaluation of HSC Examination papers today staged demonstrations in front of evaluation centres across the State to press for their demands.

The Forum members apart from persuading fellow teachers not to join evaluation work distributed leaflets at evaluation centres in Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balangir, Rayagada and several other places.

“Today is 18th of March. Model Code of Conduct is not in effect. Let the Minister explain why they have not come out with the notification yet which they had promised,” said Prakash Mohanty, president of the Forum.

“From tomorrow we will intensify our agitation. Block grant teachers will protest in front of all 57 evaluation centres and will not allow anyone to enter these centres for evaluation work,” stated Golak Nayak, secretary of the Forum.


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