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If deadline for rectification of salary anomalies not met:  ‘First school term will be crippled’

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 any reason.

"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 NSCC.

However, he assured that the problem would be resolved.

 

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