The Ceylon Teacher’s Union today (25) staged a one-day token strike, in an attempt to highlight the difficulties faced by both teachers and students amidst the ongoing economic crisis.
The sick note campaign was staged in 10,154 schools, with both teachers and principals participating, General Secretary of the Union Joseph Stalin said.
He also added that a massive trade union action is scheduled to take place on Thursday (28), despite Education Minister Ramesh Pathirana’s requests to engage in such strikes in a manner that does not hinder academic activities.
State, non-state, private, semi-government sectors, farmers and labourers are expected to participate in the mass demonstration Stalin said, emphasising that the Government must resign prior to Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Teachers’ and Principals’ Trade Union Alliance also met the Secretary to the Ministry of Education earlier today.
Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe further added that students are facing difficulties in coming into school due to the increase in fuel prices, due to which school van fees too, have increased drastically.