Maharashtra: HSC Assessment Boycott Enters Second Day, Association Presses Demands For Teachers

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Mumbai, 23rd February 2024: The second day of the HSC answer script assessment boycott unfolded as chief moderators for the Hindi paper refrained from participating in the post-exam meetings. The Maharashtra Junior College Teachers’ Association (MJCTA) initiated this boycott, advocating for the fulfilment of vacant positions, the reinstatement of the old pension scheme, and various other demands.

With HSC exams underway, involving 15 lakh students across the Maharashtra State, the MJCTA’s general secretary, Mukund Andhalkar, confirmed the ongoing boycott and expressed readiness to await the board’s response.

Traditionally, chief moderators, moderators, and examiners convene separately before commencing the assessment of answer booklets. These booklets reach examiners in their respective colleges three to four days after each exam, with the evaluation of language papers requiring additional time due to the mandatory nature of these papers for all students.

The MJCTA plans to conduct an online meeting of its office-bearers throughout the state on Friday to strategize the next steps. Association leaders aim to explore ways to escalate the protest, while teachers, for the time being, continue their supervisory and other exam-related responsibilities.