Saturday 24 February 2024

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Maharashtra instructed to Exempt Class 10 and 12th teachers from Election Duty During Exams

Mumbai Teachers Get Reprieve: Exempted from Election Duty During Exams

Mumbai: Relief for educators! The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Maharashtra, Shrikant Deshpande, has instructed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to exclude teachers in Mumbai and its suburbs from election duties, especially during crucial Class 10 and 12 examinations. This decision comes after concerns raised by teacher unions and representatives regarding the impact of election duty on the academic calendar.

In a formal letter to the BMC commissioner, Deshpande emphasized the need for alternative personnel for election-related tasks. He specifically suggested exploring the possibility of utilizing retired government employees for Booth Level Officer (BLO) duties. Additionally, he stressed ensuring that teachers already involved in election duties don't juggle academic responsibilities on the same day.

This move follows strong advocacy from various teacher organizations and legislators, including the Member of Legislative Council (MLC) representing teachers. They expressed concerns about the disruption caused by election duty, potentially affecting smooth exam preparation and conduct.

The CEO's directive further recommends exploring alternative staff categories for election duties. He has urged the commissioner and collectors to hold a joint meeting to discuss and finalize these options.

This decision is expected to benefit both teachers and students, allowing educators to focus on their primary responsibilities during the crucial exam period. It also highlights the importance of balancing electoral needs with educational priorities.

  • Mumbai teachers are exempted from election duty, especially during Class 10 & 12 exams.
  • Decision based on concerns about academic disruptions caused by election duty.
  • The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Maharashtra suggests using retired government employees as alternative personnel.
  • Joint meeting planned to explore further options for alternative staff.

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