Teachers’ salary committee to discuss with Finance Ministry

By Dinitha Rathnayake

The Cabinet Sub-Committee appointed to resolve the teacher-principal salary anomaly, after discussions with the relevant teachers’ and principals’ trade unions, will discuss their demands and proposals with the Ministry of Finance.

Cabinet Sub-Committee Member and Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga confirmed to The Morning yesterday (15) that the trade unions’ demands would be discussed with the Finance Ministry, while the Sub-Committee’s recommendations would be presented to the Cabinet soon.

The Sub-Committee is scheduled to hold further discussions tomorrow (17) and on Wednesday (18). Minister Ranatunga said that these discussions are being held with a view to making principals and teachers professionals in Sri Lanka’s public service hierarchy, as acknowledged in the President’s policy statement.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed the four-member Cabinet Sub-Committee, comprising Ministers Dullas Alahapperuma, Wimal Weerawansa, Mahinda Amaraweera, and Prasanna Ranatunga, to make recommendations regarding the issue of teacher-principal salary anomalies. 

The Sub-Committee obtained information from the Ministry of Education on the steps taken so far to resolve the issue, and decided to meet the relevant trade unions separately. Accordingly, the Cabinet Sub-Committee held discussions with representatives of several associations, including the Sri Lanka Public Education Services Association, Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka, and the Professional Principals’ Association on Friday (13).

The Government strongly believes that this salary anomaly should be eliminated, and will continue to work towards this, the Minister said.

As the Government has a sincere need to resolve the issue, the Minister said that the Cabinet Sub-Committee is tasked with formulating a methodology to resolve the issue in the light of the current situation in the country.
The Minister further stated that steps will be taken to complete the responsibilities assigned to the Cabinet Sub-Committee as soon as possible and submit its recommendations to the Cabinet.