The Cabinet promised on October 24 that the NSCC
report would be taken up and if there was a problem it would be
rectified before December 31. But nothing has happened yet...
–– Union Leader
by Dasun Edirisinghe
Teacher Trade Unionists are threatening to
cripple the first term in government schools unless the
Education Ministry and National Salaries and Cadre Commission
meet the December 31st deadline for rectification of long
standing salary anomalies.
The new school term is scheduled to commence on
January 02 and three teacher trade unions have decided to not to
report for work from that day, General Secretary of the Ceylon
Teachers Service Union (CTSU) Mahinda Jayasinghe told The
Island yesterday. The All Ceylon United Teacher's Union (ACUTU),
Ceylon Teachers Service Union (CTSU), Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU),
Education Professionals Association (EPA) and Lanka Home Science
and Agriculture Diploma Teachers Union boycotted the G. C. E.
(A/L) answer script evaluation and according to a Court order,
they had to resume evaluation.
They then organised a two-day strike and the
Cabinet promised to solve the problem before December 31.
Jayasinghe said the CTU and Lanka Home Science
and Agriculture Diploma Teachers’ Union were not with them now.
"The Cabinet promised on October 24 that the
NSCC report would be taken up and if there was a problem it
would be rectified before December 31. But nothing has happened
yet", he said.
Chairman of the NSCC Lionel Fernando said in a
newspaper interview recently that there were no anomalies as
regards teachers’ salaries and teachers were protesting without
"But, earlier he had promised us to rectify
salary anomalies. If there are no salary anomalies, how could he
give such an assurance,' Jayasinghe said.
Education Minister Susil Premajayantha earlier
told The Island that the delay was on the part of the
However, he assured that the problem would be