AMBALA: Courtesy delayed action on the part of Haryana education department as well as Haryana Board of School education (HBSE), over 2.75 lakh students, who have appeared in the class XII board exams, are faced with delayed results as college lecturers refuse to evaluate the exam answer sheets.
The government had approached the college lecturers, who were approached by board, as around 6,000 school lectures had refrained from evaluating more then 8 lakh answer sheets for want of increase in remuneration to be paid by boards.
Master grade teachers who were deputed for evaluating 10th class exam papers of the board had also stayed away from evaluation. They have, however, returned to work on Saturday as they are satisfied with board's assurance.
Besides, the agitating school lecturers had also protested videography of the centres where answerbooks are to be evaluated. As per calendar by the board and Haryana government, the board has to declare the results in May so that students could sit in competitive exams and other professional courses of higher education.
Even as officers in education department and boards have given verbal assurance about accepting the demands, school lecturers have refused to budge in the absence of written assurance or notification by government of Haryana.
It is learned that the board has officially announced hiked remuneration of Rs 9 for evaluation of class XII exams, against an existing rate of Rs 6, and Rs 7 per answersheet for class X against an existing rate of Rs 5.
"This is just a verbal assurance by (HBSC) board . Instead of issuing press release, the board or government should have notified the same. We shall not return to work untill we get a notification or office order,"said Guljar Singh, president of Ambala zone, Haryana Govt School Lecturers Association.
Roshal Lal, resident of Mahesh Nagar, Ambala Cantt, said, "My daughter and nephew had appeared in 12th exams. No one is going to suffer due to this strike except us."
Gyan Chand Sharma, resident of Sahzadpur town of the district, said, "If teachers are evaluating answer sheets so half-heartedly, how one can expect quality in work."
Meanwhile, when contacted, education minister Geeta Bhukkal expressed surprise over the development. I am surprised as to why officials have not put the decisions in official communication. So is the role of agitating teachers as they call for strike only at the time of examinations or preparation of results. Though we have already issued directions for immediate action, such practices by teachers are unacceptable,'' the minister said.