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Maharasthra teachers' strike hits scheduled exams

Mar 20, 2013 10:14 AM IST India India

Mumbai: Caught in a battle between their teachers and the government, Himanshu Phalak and Yojit Sharma are among thousands of students in Maharashtra whose scheduled exams hang in the balance. Second year B.Com student Himanshu Phalak said, "I don't even know what my exam timetable is like."

Another student, 19-year-old Yogit Sharma said, "The government should have acted, instead of making the teachers wait. Why aren't they taking action? We are suffering."

Some 40,000 degree college teachers are on strike demanding payment of arrears of Rs 1,500 crore, regularisation of promotions of lecturers affected by the controversial norms of the National Eligibility Test and extension of retirement age to 65 as per UGC notification.

The state government says it can pay the arrears only in installments. It earlier threatened to invoke the essential services act against the teacher but has hence softened its stand, promising a quick resolution.

Already, science practical examinations at many colleges are being rescheduled but with some 80,000 commerce students set to give theory exams on March 28, state-wide exams that could be severely disrupted if the strike goes on. All eyes are on the government to act fast to resolve this crisis.