Agitating block grant teachers to wear black badges

Bhubaneswar: The agitating teachers under the aegis of Odisha School and College Teachers’ and Employees’ United Forum have decided to discontinue their protest from tomorrow. The teachers will now return to their respective schools after 38 days and teach students by wearing black badges.

However, teachers from two districts will continue to stage protest in Bhubaneswar.

“Even after 38 days of our protest, the state government is yet to respond. Students are nation’s resources, so we don’t want their loss in studies. We will go back to work but our agitation will continue by wearing black badges,” said convenor of the united forum, Golak Naik.

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, protests will be carried out in front of all the district collectors’ office across the State, Naik added.

Besides, the agitating teachers have decided to organise a rally on October 9 in the State capital. They have also threatened non-cooperation during elections if their demands are not fulfilled.

The Block grant teachers and employees have been demanding removal of affidavit clause in the newly-announced grant-in-aid system, equal salary for equal work, provision of full aid and several other service conditions.

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