ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Examination Boycott by Teachers in Maharashtra

College and university teachers across Maharashtra have been boycotting examination-related work for close to three months now, but the state government has shown little initiative in resolving the dispute. Repeated protests by teachers for a redressal for issues related to arrear payments, eligibility, service conditions, pay scales and unionisation have been ignored by the government, leading to the present impasse.

More than 40,000 college and university teachers across Maharashtra have been on an indefinite boycott of all examination-related work since 4 February 2013, protesting against the state government’s persistent and deliberate neglect of issues related to them. It has been 76 days at the time of writing this piece, 21 April, and the boycott continues. As a result of this unprecedented boycott, the examination schedule in the entire state has been effectively derailed, adversely affecting almost 30-35 lakh students. Yet, the Government of Maharashtra has shown absolutely no urgency in resolving the dispute by taking any serious initiative in negotiating with the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (MFUCTO). This, despite the intervention of the Bombay High Court, responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed on the issue of the boycott by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

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