Telangana teachersâ€™ organisations have urged examiners to boycott invigilation duty if the government does not revoke its decision of penalising the examiners, district education officers and mandal education officers if students are found copying in the SSC (Class 10) exams.
Following a direction on February 21 from the High Court to the Telangana and the Andhra government, to ensure smooth functioning of the SSC exams and curb malpractices, the Telangana government issued a circular stating that the examiners, DEOs and MEOs would be held accountable for any instance of copying in their jurisdiction. The circular also states that teachers on examination duty have to give an undertaking in this regard.
However, the decision did not go down well with several teachers who said that the order was unlawful.
Speaking to TNM, the Telangana Progressive Teachersâ€™ Federation president M Ravinder said that the decision of the government to threaten teachers was unacceptable.
â€śLet them install CCTVs and take other measures to curb malpractice, but penalising the examiner, the DEO and MEO instead is unacceptable,â€ť he said, adding, â€śWe are also requesting teachers on examination duty not to sign the undertaking.â€ť
â€śThe examiners should boycott invigilation duty if the authorities force them to give an undertaking. It is unfair to blame only the examiner if there is a failure in curbing copying,â€ť he said.
â€śIf the High Court has pulled up the government, it should take action with proper consideration and consultation. They are making us scapegoats just so that they can submit a report,â€ť he said.
Ravinder noted that if the government does not trust the teachers they should outsource the job to others.
â€śIt is an insult to teachers. We request the Director of Government Examination to immediately revoke the order,â€ť said Madhu Sudhan Reddy, general secretary of the Progressive Recognised Teachersâ€™ Union, Telangana State.
Madhu Sudhan also said that the order has led to unnecessary panic amongst teachers.
The SSC exams are scheduled to begin on March 15.