ANGCTA to join nationwide protest against conduct of examinations

Kohima, July 28 (MExN): The All Nagaland Government College Teachers Association (ANGCTA) on Tuesday informed of its decision to join in the nationwide protest on July 29, calling for immediate withdrawal of the UGC guidelines for conduct of university examinations. 

This was informed in press release from the association’s President Lily Angami and General Secretary Dr Kekhrieseno Christina. The ANGCTA, which is an affiliate of the All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation, would respond to the call made by the Joint Forum for Movement on Education, to protest the UGC guidelines issued on July 6 and suggest alternative mode of examination, it said.

In this regard, ANGCTA and its associates will desist from participation in any form in our college activities, the release stated, while appealing to all the stakeholders of Higher Education in the state to show support and join in the protest regardless of affiliates and status, it stated.

“In view of the ongoing pandemic and the sign of community transmission pertaining to the State Capital, the safety of the health and the lives of the students and the ground population is at stake,” the release stated.

Further citing the WHO and ICMR social distancing advisories, it pointed out that accommodating students as per the latest guidelines of the UGC for conduct of examination is logically impossible, as “being in proximity to an infected (asymptomatic) person or an enclosed space for more than 15 minutes is considered high risk exposure.”

The organisation makes a special appeal to the private colleges, Associations and ANCSU to be a part of this protest as it concerns the welfare and the larger interest of the student and teachers community, the release stated.