Junior college teachers have requested the Maharashtra government to grant them permission to commute by local train services in order to complete the assessment work of Class 12 Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) students. Teachers said this will help them finish it faster and avoid any delay in result declaration.
Recently, School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad directed junior colleges to complete assessment work of Class 12 HSC students and declare results by July 31. But teachers said they are unable to commute to junior colleges, as they are not permitted to travel by local trains on account of the lockdown.
Vikrant Malwankar, a teacher said, "It costs me Rs 1,000 every day by cab to commute from my residence in Vasai to the junior college at Andheri. If I go by bus, it will take more than two hours one way. But if I am allowed to commute by train, I can reach the college in 50 minutes for a mere Rs 10 per day."
The office of the deputy director of education, Mumbai division, has made provisions for HSC teachers to commute by bus services. Victoria Gomes, another teacher said, "I am spending at least three to four hours every day commuting by bus from my residence in Thane to the college at Dadar. I would rather use this time to complete assessment and calculate the marks of students."
The office of the deputy director of education has appealed to Gaikwad to allow Class 12 teachers to commute by trains. Sandeep Sangve, deputy director of education, Mumbai division said, "We have appealed to the state school education minister to request the state government to allow Class 12 teachers to commute by local trains at least till HSC results are announced."