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BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Representatives of teachers’ and principals’ trade unions (TUs) are scheduled to meet with the Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera today (16) to discuss the measures recently announced by the Government to address issues in the education sector, including the teacher-principal salary anomaly issue.

Speaking to The Morning, Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) President Priyantha Fernando said that representatives of several teachers’ and principals’ trade unions are scheduled to meet with Prof. Perera at the Education Ministry this evening, in a backdrop where more than two weeks has passed since the Cabinet of Ministers decision with regard to the education sector issues including the teacher-principal salary anomalies was made.

He also said that the trade union representatives had on several occasions requested that they be given an opportunity to discuss the matter with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, but have not yet been provided with an opportunity to do so.

“It has been more than two weeks since the Cabinet decision was taken, and it is only today that we are discussing it with the authorities. This reflects the interest of this Government in the education of students and issues in the education sector,” he added.

Nearly 30 teachers’ and principals’ trade unions have embarked on a number of trade union actions, demanding a solution to the teacher-principal salary anomaly issue, the provision of facilities for teachers and students to carry out online education activities, and several other issues, since 12 July 2021.