Nearly six months after teachers from the state evaluated the reply sheets of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations, the Maharashtra board is yet to pay their dues.
Several teachers wrote to board officers demanding that their dues be cleared with rapid impact.
“Teachers have evaluated board answersheets in a very difficult situation with the Covid-19 outbreak this year. Despite this, their dues are still not cleared. It has been six months since the exams are over, nearly two months since the results were declared, but we are still awaiting our dues,” mentioned Rajesh Pandya, vice-president of the Teachers Democratic Front which has written to the board within the subject.
Sandeep Sangave, secretary, Mumbai divisional board mentioned that the dues of teachers can be cleared quickly and had been already in course of.
“The board is having to work with reduced staff due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resultant lockdown related restrictions. In addition to this, there were some delays in getting bills from teachers and custodians while some account details provided by a few teachers were also incorrect. These factors seem to have led to the delay. Teachers should not worry as they would get their dues in a couple of days” he added.
Teachers have additionally requested the board to improve the charges of paper analysis contemplating the prices concerned in travelling in the course of the present instances. “This year, teachers have spent a lot of money from their own pockets to transport papers from their schools to homes and vice versa. The board only gives Rs. 200 as travel allowance which is not enough considering that trains were shut and teachers have spent for auto and taxi fare on their own,” mentioned Pandya.