Teachers to boycott moderator meets

Mar 01, 2013, 06:44 IST | Richa Pinto

This step follows the ongoing block on assessment; HSC students will be left hanging during result time if a solution is not reached soon

The future of HSC students in Maharashtra is getting darker by the day. The Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers Organisation has decided to intensify their agitation further. Beginning today, teachers will not attend the moderator meets that take place at board offices across the state.

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Every year, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education holds moderator and chief moderator meets at the end of every exam and the same procedure was being followed this year too. Members of Mumbai Junior College Teacher’s Union have taken the agitation a step ahead and claim that no work relating to HSC exams would be allowed to take place even at the board office in Vashi, till their demands are met.

Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers representatives met with the School Education Minister Rajendra Darda on Wednesday but no consensus could be reached. Anil Deshmukh, general secretary of the organisation said, “No moderator will attend the meeting from March 1 onwards as per the instructions given by our organisation. We have so far allowed everything to go on smoothly, but will not take this kind of treatment anymore. All we are asking for is a written approval of all our demands which the government is just not ready to agree to.”

According to him, the representatives requested Darda to at least agree to three demands that don’t involve any kind of finances. The demands are norms of protection of division in secondary section to be implemented for junior colleges, DHE to be treated at par with BEd for the appointment of vice principal and supervisors, and no rise in Shikshan Sevak period for those who have gone on maternity leave.

“Had the government given in writing that these demands would be met on a particular date, we would have immediately withdrawn our protest. However, they are not willing to budge at all,” he added. Members of the Mumbai Junior College Teacher’s Union said that they were hopeful of a positive output and were disappointed to know the result. “We do not want to trust someone’s verbal promises and want everything in written now. In fact, we have sent an SMS to all teachers asking them to intensify the agitation,” said SL Dixit, Vice President, Mumbai Junior College Association.

When MiD DAY contacted Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education chairman Sarjerao Jadhav, he said that he was aware of the organisation’s decision of not allowing teachers to attend moderator meets from March 1. “The issue should be resolved soon. The government is also working at its own level to settle it. We are hoping that there would be an agreement that would come out of all this shortly,” he said.

Some demands include
>> Three-tier pay scales as per Fifth Pay Commission with effect from January 1, 1996, instead of March 1, 2000
>> Services of professors rendered in unaided junior colleges to be counted for the purpose of senior and selection grade
>> Diploma in Higher Education (DHE) to be treated at par with BEd for the appointment of vice principal/supervisors
>> Maternity leave of 180 days to be granted to shikshan sevaks without adding days to the Shikshan Sevak period of three years

Appearing for HSC exams? We help you calm your last minute nerves by giving you a few handy tips from teachers Today’s subject: Sociology

Sangeeta Warbhuwan
Sangeeta Warbhuwan Sociology professor at ICL’s MJ College in Vashi

>> Students can score full marks if they solve the first 20marks of the exam paper which is fill in the banks, answer in one sentence and match and the column correctly. Objective questions which are written correctly help you score well in a theory paper especially without having to write too much.
>> Being a theory paper you need to concentrate more on content rather than just filling up the pages. Always write all your answers with relevant examples.
>> It’s preferable if students write their answers in point form. Avoid writing answers in paragraph. Answers written in point form are well appreciated by the examiners too who can then easily distribute the marks to the student.
>> While attempting the distinction questions it’s preferable if you follow a format. For example if you are asked to distinguish between child labour and adult labour, your first point should be the meaning of it, followed by explanation of the respective concepts and lastly the examples relating to the topic.
>> While writing answers to brief questions always begin by giving an introduction, followed by content and lastly a conclusion. Again remember to write brief answers in point form too. 

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