On Thursday, 40,000 upper primary and middle English school teachers who belongs to Odisha Vidalaya Sikshak Mahasangh, agreed to end their agitation and return to the classrooms. Although, 26,800 high school teachers working in 2,209 block grant high schools are still going to continue their agitation.
Over a month, the strike has been continued. The teachers from different organisations are saying that the teachers should be paid equal salary for equal work and are demanding their salaries on the basis of the grant-in-aid policy instead of the block grant mode.
The teachers in the government schools are though being paid salary as per the grant-in-aid policy but the teachers in the private institutions get their payment on the basis of the block grant mode.
Mahasangh Convenor Prakash Chandra Mohanty told reporters after a discussion with the state government that “The Mahasangh has decided to suspend the agitation for two months as the government has assured us to consider our one-point demand of providing salary on the basis of grant-in-aid and repeal block grant system.”
He told the media that 40,000 teachers from 4,000 schools took participation in the agitation since August 10th. “The schools will be opened from today and normal classes will be resumed” he added further.
But the teachers of 2,209 high schools belonging to the Block Grant Teachers’ and Employees’ Association announced that they would continue their agitation. Due to the teachers’ agitation , the Block Grant high schools remained closed since 18th August.
School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said, “The teachers should join schools without further delay. As such studies of lakhs of students have been affected due to agitation. The government has been considering their demand. Steps will be taken keeping in view the financial situation of the state.” Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat’s inter-ministerial committee held discussion with the agitating teachers of different organistions, on the day of the end of agitation.