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COTA Intensifies Stir, To Stay Away From Exam Duty

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Intensifying their ongoing agitation being launched under the banner of Council of Teachers’ Association (COTA) over the demand for implementation of 6th Central Pay in toto, teachers from primary to secondary level have decided to stay away from duty in the class X and class XII examination due to begin from March 25 and March 16 respectively.

The decision of the agitating teachers to stay away from the examination duty of class X and XII, which are considered to be the first two public examinations of the student, has raised a question on whether or not the examinations would be  conducted successfully and in schedule.

On the other hand, in support of the agitation being spearheaded by COTA, Hill District Teachers’ Association decided to forgo their duty from Census operations.

Talking to mediapersons in this connection at Johnstone Higher Secondary School here this evening, president of All Manipur Hill Teachers’ Association JR Engpu announced that in support of COTA, teachers in the hill districts have decided not to take up Census duty.

So, all the teachers who have earlier accepted the duty should hand over all the documents related the Census operations to their respective authorities positively by tomorrow, Engpu directed.

He pointed out that it is now over one year since COTA launched the agitation.

Yet, the Government has not listened to the rightful demand of the teachers. This shows that the Government has no concern for the development of education, which is an important sector for tapping human resources.

As soon as the Government accepts the demand of COTA, the agitating teachers would be more than happy to perform extra duty to make up for the loss in the interest of the students, Engpu added.

Advisor of COTA T Rameshwar observed that teachers are there for the welfare of the students. So, neglecting the rightful demand of the teachers by the Government tantamount to neglecting the students.

In addition to forgoing the Census duty, the agitating teachers would also stay away from the duty of examinations for class X and XII which are due to begin from March 25 and March 16 respectively, Rameshwar informed.

Representatives of Ukhrul District Teachers’ Association, Senapati District Teachers’ Association, Chandel District Teachers’ Association and Government Elementary Teachers’ Association Saikul were also present during the press briefing.

They pledged support to the ongoing agitation of the teachers and questioned what solution the Government is trying to bring about by arrested agitating teachers and lodging them in jail.

Meanwhile, in a statement, COTA has welcomed the decision of President Pratibha Devising Patel to visit Manipur next month to meet the teachers and students.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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