Bhubaneswar: The agitating 70,000 Siksha Sahayaks, who are demonstrating here at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg (MGM) in front of the State Assembly demanding fee hike, regularisation of jobs and death benefits, have decided to launch a protest against the Central Government till the demands requiring Centre’s approval are not cleared.
The development came after the State Government abolished the post of Sikhsa Sahayak and decided to appoint them as Junior Teachers, which was a key demand of the agitating teachers.
On Monday, School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra after holding a discussion with the agitating teachers announced that the State Government has decided to abolish Siksha Sahayak post.
“Now, the post of Siksha Sahayaks has been abolished. They will be posted as Junior Teachers and will be on contract for first three years,” Patra said.
They alleged despite having equal educational qualification as regular and contractual teachers and have qualified the Odisha Teachers’ Eligibility Test (OTET) but are getting much less salary than them.
While a Siksha Sahayaks takes home Rs 6,520 per month a regular teacher having similar qualification and work get five times more.
Odisha Siksha Sahayak Association president Malay Kumar Jena said that they will agitate in New Delhi against the Central government till the demands requiring Centre’s approval in certain areas are not cleared.

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