Bhubaneswar:  With barely few hours left for the High School Certificate (HSC) examination and the agitating Block-grant teachers are adamant to boycott the annual test, the state government has said alternative arrangements have been made to smoothly conduct the examination.
“If required we’ll ask the primary and contractual teachers to conduct the examination. In no way it will be hampered,” School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda said.
On the long standing demand of the teachers the Minister said, “They were demanding grant-in-aid policy and we have agreed to that. They must welcome it and co-operate with the government for the test.”
Meanwhile Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Secretary Ramkrishna Sahoo said, "The Board will ensure smooth conduct of matriculation examination," adding that students would not face any problem.
The teachers however a different tale to tell. “The government is keeping us in illusion by not giving any clarity on the policy. We are ready to accept it but there must not be any ambiguity in the policy,” rued a teacher who has been on strike for past 86 days.
Notably the government on Thursday declared that a new grant-in-aid policy would be applicable for all the Block-grant teachers effective April 1 for which detail notification will be announced in March.
The teachers have also threatened to boycott the evaluation of papers if their demands were not met.