Friday, April 13, 2012

Pre University students fear valuation quality

The government and PU lecturers are on a collision course with both refusing to retreat from the brink on Friday, the day one of the strike. The evaluation of II PU answer scripts came to a standstill, but the striking lecturers expressed confidence that this won't derail the PU results schedule. 

Primary and secondary education minister Visveswara Hegde Kageri warned the teachers of punitive action if they didn't call off the boycott by Saturday. Students are worried about the quality of evaluation if the teachers rush through the process later. 

Teachers allay fears of delay in results 

The PU lecturers from across the state who have descended on the Freedom Park said they will call off their strike if the government passes an order stating it will implement the Kumar Naik committee's report. "Or else, we'll carry on our strike till April 19 when we meet the chief minister to resolve the issue," said Shakil Ahmed, secretary , Karnataka State PU Lecturers' Association. 

Shakil allayed fears of a delay in declaring the results. He said, "Even if the government accepts our demands on April 19 , the results won't be delayed. Last year, a four-day strike didn't impact the results or the quality of valuation." 

The results must come before the CET, and the students are jittery. Akshaya Prabhakaran of Mount Carmel College said her batch is unlucky: first, the question paper leak, now the valuation boycott. "Our worry is valuation might be done in a hurry to make up for the loss of time. Our appeal to lecturers: give us what we deserve, our future is at stake." 

With the strike looks set to drag on and the weekend setting in, outstation lecturers working out of Bangalore's 17 centres are heading home. Irshad Ahmed Palega, from Belgaum , said, "Since the strike is indefinite, we've packed our bags to return home." 

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