Mumbai: Teachers await permission to commute by trains for SSC assessment work

Following protest staged by teachers of Class X on not being permitted to commute by local trains to carry out the assessment of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board students, the state school education department has written to the state disaster management authority to grant permission for the same.

On Monday, Class X teachers staged a protest at various stations across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), holding placards stating, “We need to travel to schools to complete SSC assessment. Are we supposed to pay fines everyday? Will the government provide aid for these fines?” Teachers boarded trains without a ticket and paid fines because they are not permitted to commute on them.

These teachers need to travel to schools to complete the assessment of Class X students and are solely dependent on trains.

A teacher from Thane said, “I have to travel from my residence in Thane to my school in Malad. I cannot reach the school unless I am allowed to commute by train. If I do not reach the school, the assessment work will be delayed, which in turn will delay declaration of SSC results.”

Meanwhile, the state school education department has requested the state disaster management authority to permit Class X teachers to commute by trains.

Shivnath Darade, secretary of the Maharashtra Rajya Shikshak Parishad, Mumbai division, said, “We are awaiting a decision from the state disaster management authority on this.”

As per the schedule released by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), Class X teachers have to complete the assessment and submit the marks to the school result’s committee by June 20. Following which, the school result’s committee will check for discrepancies and submit the final marks to MSBSHSE board by June 30. Class X results are expected to be declared after July 3.

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