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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

School board bends rules, ropes in private, aided school faculty

Jhajjar, November 11: Giving a jolt to school lecturers boycotting evaluation of answer sheets of Senior Secondary semester I (regular and re-appear) and semester II (re-appear) Examination for the past four days, the Haryana School Education Board (HSEB) has roped in lecturers of recognised schools, government-aided schools and guest lecturers appointed in Government schools to carry out the evaluation process. A communique number 1636-1656/confidential/ dated 9.11.2013 in this regard has been sent to all District Education Officers (DEOs) from the office of the Joint Secretary of the HSEB wherein the DEOs have been directed to appoint lecturers of government-aided and private recognised schools, besides guest lecturers, for evaluation of the answer sheets. Taking a swift action on the communique, Sadhu Ram Rohila, Jhajjar DEO, directed all guest lecturers posted in the Government Schools here to reach evaluation centres well in time tomorrow morning to evaluate the answer sheets. The DEO has also asked principals and directors of private recognised schools here to dispatch their school teachers of various subjects to evaluation centres for the task. The district authorities had set up two evaluation centres- one each in Jhajjar and Bahadurgarh town- to carry out the evaluation works. However thousands of answer sheets are lying unchecked at the centres, owing to the Haryana School Teachers Association (HSTA), under which school lecturers have been boycotting the evaluation process for the past four days to build pressure on the state government for getting their demands met. The Association is demanding grade pay of Rs 5,400 at parity with the headmasters, special quota for PhD and NET qualified lecturers in higher education institutions, change of nomenclature of the newly appointed lecturers as PGT and setting up of an inter-college cadre on the lines of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.