FEGOCTA gave an ultimatum on Tuesday that the teachers would boycott online classes and examinations if the state government does not issue orders for implementation of 7th Pay & Regulations, 2018 by June 30, 2021.
Student bodies urged the Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA) to consider its ultimatum to boycott online classes and examinations if the state government does not issue orders for implementation of 7th Pay & Regulations, 2018 by June 30, 2021. The student bodies also urged the state government to resolve the issue at the earliest in the interest of the students.
All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), in a release on Wednesday urged the teachers’ union to use other means while maintaining that although their demands are justified, it may affect the student community.
AMSU said that students in the state have been suffering since the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic as normal classes have not been conducted for over a year. Experts have also expressed their concerns about the consequences of it, the student body said.
AMSU also said that the recent ultimatum by FEGOCTA has hurt the sentiments of the students. The concerned authorities and the state government should resolve the long standing demands of the teachers once and for all instead of piecemeal solutions, it added.
Maintaining that the stand-off between the teachers and the government will only harm the students, AMSU urged the state government to take a concrete decision on the matter.
On the other hand, Pangal Students’ Union, Dhanamanjuri University condemned the recent decision of FEGOCTA while urging the state government to resolve the issue so that the students do not lose their career.
In a statement on Wednesday, the student union maintained that the issue of 7th UGC Pay & Regulations, 2018 has been disturbing the academic environment over the last two years.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state, neither normal classes nor semester examinations could be conducted. After the students of DMU put pressure through the media, the decision for online classes and examinations were taken, it added.
While the demand of FEGOCTA is supported by the student union, it condemned the recent decision to boycott classes and examinations after June 30 if their demands are not met. Maintaining that FEGOCTA should not try to use online classes and examinations as weapons to meet their demands victimising the students, the student union urged the teachers’ association to find other means.
Stating that the long standing issue posed a threat to the careers of the students, the student union urged the state government to resolve the issue at the earliest while warning that they should not “invite for students’ agitations”.