Block Grant schools resume classes today

Bhubaneswar: After one and half months the classes at all block grant schools across the State have resumed from today as Teachers’ Association on Sunday withdrew their month-long strike following discussion with chief minister Naveen Patnaik and School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra.

The teacher’s body said all the agitating teachers joined schools from Monday.General secretary of Block Grant teachers association said that additional classes will be conducted on the holidays to compensate losses.

It added, the body’s planned padyatra in Hinjili of Ganjam district today has also been put on hold following government assurances to fulfill their demands.

About 27,000 teachers of 2209 block grant high schools, belonging to different organisations, were on a strike for more than a month demanding salary on the basis of the grant-in-aid policy instead of block grant mode of payment.

While the teachers in government schools are being paid salary as per the grant-in-aid policy, the teachers in private institutions get payment on the basis of block grant mode, they said.

The Block Grant high schools remained closed due to teachers’ agitation since August 18. Studies of around 3.5 lakh students in 2209 schools were halted due to the stir.