Maharashtra Govt scraps 50% attendance rule for MMR teachers

According to reports, earlier the new academic year for 2021 began on June 15 across the city.

Maharashtra Govt scraps 50% attendance rule for MMR teachers

According to reports, the 50 per cent compulsory rule in schools and junior colleges for teachers in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) has been discontinued due to lack of trains to get to work.

Earlier, the new academic year for 2021 began on June 15. The state government, in a statement issued on Monday, June 14, 2021, made it mandatory for teachers to attend schools. Staff teaching children between class 1-9 had to attend in 50 per cent capacity to conduct online classes, whereas staff teaching class 10 and junior college students, had to attend the school for assessment, so as to release the results on time.

However, teachers coming from distant areas like Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Vasai-Virar, Palghar and Navi Mumbai could not take trains as they do not fall in the ‘essential services’ category. They had protested by travelling ticketless and paying fines.

On the other hand, the Maharashtra Government had earlier stated that only the teachers involved in the assessment process of the Class 10 examinations will be allowed to travel. Meanwhile, non-teaching staff involved in the assessment process will also be permitted.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown, several people are facing a financial crisis, especially the daily wage labourers. However, the number of coronavirus cases have come down drastically in Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai. This has brought about a demand to allow the general people on the suburban railway system.

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