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No Lok Sabha poll duty for SSC, HSC teachers in Maha

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Over 50,000 teachers of class 10 and class 12 in will no longer be enrolled for Lok Sabha election duties, as per the

Assistant A N Walvi Wednesday issued a circular excluding teachers of class 10 (SSC) and class 12 (HSC), whose number is estimated to be over 50,000, from poll duties.

The exams are conducted by the State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary

for all 48 seats will be held in four phases in between April 11 and April 29.

Flagging the issue before state Chief Electoral Officer, Shikshak Bharati, an organisation of and secondary teachers, had feared delay in declaration of results, in case the teachers are drafted in for poll duty.

After holding talks with various departments, the electoral office decided to exclude these teachers from election duties.

Teachers of other classes will, however, are not excluded from this task.

Election duties for teachers typically include undergoing training for the process, working at booths on days of voting and counting, collecting poll material etc.

Under the Right to (RTE) Act, 2009, teachers are allowed three assignments Census, disasters and

However, teachers' groups say that poll duties result in wasting of teaching time, as they are also called for training a few days ahead of the

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 13:20 IST