FUTA condemns studentviolence, calls for solutions to undergrads’ problems

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The Rajarata University lecturers would refrain from academic and administrative duties due to threats until the next Senate meeting on July 10, Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) said yesterday.

Following a meeting of the FUTA Executive Committee, its President Chandraguptha Thenuwara said that two teachers of the Management Faculty of the Rajarata University had been attacked by undergraduates last Thursday when the Vice Chancellor and several other lecturers were taken hostage for more than 24 hours.

"Teachers have pardoned undergraduates for hostage-taking day, but there is no peaceful environment in the University’s main premises in Mihintale so far," he said.

Thenuwara said that the FUTA condemned the violent act of undergraduates in taking hostage the teachers, but the student problems, too, needed to be solved.

"We condemn the way students attempt to solve problems, but they have real problems which have remained unsolved for a long time," he said.

The academic said that their struggle was not against students; it was to ensure the security within Mihintale premises in the Rajarata University, he added

President of the Students’ Council Lahiru Weerasekera said that a majority of lecturers wanted like to continue their academic and administrative duties but a few of them prevented others from doing so.

He said that they stopped their protest on the assurance of Vice Chancellor to take up the removal of suspension on 11 students at the next Senate meeting.


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