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COTA’s Stir Likely To Jeopardize Class X And Class XII Exams, Students’ Fate Uncertain, Stalemate Over 6th Pay Set To Take Its Pound Of Flesh

From (L) Students appearing for Board Exams, locking a classroom and COTA on strike. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

IMPHAL, Feb 18: With no sign of any solution in sight regarding the ongoing agitation of teachers who have been demanding implementation of the 6th Central Revised Pay in toto, the crucial Class X and Class XII exams are literally hanging in the balance.

Notably, the Council of Teachers’ Association (COTA), which has been spearheading the teachers’ agitation, has already declared that they would stay away from the Class X and Class XII exams if the Government refuses to fulfill their demand to implement 6th Central Revised Pay in toto.

Class XII conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM) is slated to begin from March 16 while the Class X exam conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM) would commence from March 25.

COHSEM Controller of Examination AK Tampak Leima, while speaking to The Sangai Express, expressed strong apprehension whether COHSEM would be able to conduct the HSE (Class XII) exam 2011 in case COTA refuses to withdraw their agitation.

As for the COHSEM, it is making all preparations to conduct the exam as this exam cannot be skipped under any circumstances.

This year, 22,775 students would be appearing in the HSE exam.

According to exam rules of the council, one teacher is required for every 20 students as invigilator.

Under the same rule, HSE exam 2011 would require more than 1000 teachers as invigilators, AK Tampak Leima said.

As the examination is compulsory, the Government would find some means to conduct the exam even if COTA refuses to budge from their stand, she exuded.

On the other hand, BSEM officials are of the opinion that HSLC exam 2011 can be conducted if COHSEM manages to conduct HSE Exam in spite of COTA’s agitation.

BSEM Examination Controller K Birchandra said that they would hold a meeting to explore some possible ways to conduct HSLC exam in case COTA continues with their agitation.

According to BSEM’s exam rules, one supervising officer, one officer-in-charge, two assistant officers-in-charge, supervisor invigilator and invigilator should be deputed at each exam centre.

They cannot be substituted by employees of other Government departments.

In addition to them, the HSLC exam would require a number of flying squads. But the existing staff of BSEM cannot fulfill all these requirements.

As these works are suited only to teachers, it remains a big question whether HSLC exam can be conducted without teachers, Birchandra added.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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