Imphal: The Federation of Government College Teachers’ Associations (FEGOCTA) in Manipur has threatened to boycott the ongoing online classes and examinations in the government colleges, including those in Dhanamanjuri University, if the government failed to implement orders of the 7th UGC Pay and Regulations, 2018 by June 30.
In a press statement issued, FEGOCTA stated that the college teachers have been working day and night from homes, both for online classes and examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The higher education department headed by the education minister should take the sole responsibility for any disturbance on the ongoing online classes and examinations after June 30, warned FEGOCTA.
Any implementation or orders on the matter should be as per the MOU signed on March 6 and the Cabinet meeting approval of June 27, 2021, the body said.
While appreciating education minister S Rajen Singh for taking the action of sending the files to the finance department, FEGOCTA also appealed to the minister to be a “responsible and full-time minister of higher education”, not just a “full-time minister of school education”.
“We request the education minister to be proactive in implementing the national policy of UGC in Manipur,” it added.
The body further appealed deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, and chief secretary Rajesh Kumar to look into the matter and to ensure that disturbance in online classes and examinations in the government colleges are the joint responsibility of the government, teachers and every other stockholder, it added.
Putting the blame and giving all the responsibility to the college teachers is not the solution, FEGOCTA added.