Bhubaneswar:  United Teachers’ and Employees’ Association (UTEA), threatened to go on a strike if the State Government fails to give Government nod to 610 high schools and 637 primary schools by July end.

“In 1994, the then Chief Minister Biju Patnaik accorded Government status to 3,012 high schools and planed the same for 610 other high schools after they availed full grant-in-aid (GIA). Even as 23 years have been elapsed, nothing tangible has happened as yet,” rued UTEA president Bikram Keshari Burma on Saturday.

Maintaining that not a single new recruitment is being done at these schools for last many years, Burma said the fate of children studying at these institutes is in dark.

Burma also demanded that the Government issues notification mentioning immediate disbursement of salary   for 59 section teachers who have been working at these schools for last 25 years.

Notably, a mere three section teachers are availing salary following the direction of the Supreme Court.

The association also demanded enhancement of retirement age up to 62.

“If our demands are not met by July end, we will be forced to resort to agitation,” added Burma.