The boycott of evaluation comes as part of the Maharashtra state permanently unaided high school teachers' action committee's struggle since November last year, seeking removal of the `permanently unaided' status and grant of financial aid by the state government. The action committee is a body of nearly 21,000 teachers from high schools and junior colleges. The boycott has put a big question mark over the board's plan of declaring the HSC results on time on May 31. Already the divisional boards have started receiving back bundles of answer papers that were to be assessed by these teachers.
Pune divisional board secretary M V Gosavi told TOI: "We have received at least 25 bundles of answer sheets from principals of various high schools over the past few days after the teachers there refused to assess the papers."
The HSC examinations commenced on February 21 and will end on March 28 with the online examination for information technology. Over 13 lakh students, including 2.13 lakh from Pune division, have enrolled for the exam this year. Board chairman Sarjerao Jadhav told TOI on Wednesday: "We are in touch with the state education department higher-ups and the representatives of teachers to see that the matter is resolved at the earliest. I have faxed a message to the government seeking intervention on the part of the director of higher secondary education and other authorities."