FUTA slams shutting down universities

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The Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) said, closing down universities was not a solution to the country’s dilemma.

Chairman of FUTA Prof. Shyam Banneheka said the authorities should prioritise education and take appropriate action.

He was speaking at a press conference in Kandy.

Meanwhile, due to the current crisis, the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka’s largest State-run university, has been closed till further notice.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya, M.D. Lamawansa said due to current difficulties, all academic programmes, including examinations, will be temporarily suspended, and hostels will be closed immediately.

“Undergraduates were advised to evacuate the university grounds immediately,” he said.

Meanwhile, teachers claim that participation in the paper marking for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level test has become difficult due to the present fuel situation.

Although the authorities have been instructed to provide fuel to teachers because it is an essential service, it is reported that teachers were facing immense difficulty acquiring fuel.

However, the Department of Examinations reports that around 90 per cent of the review of the response scripts has already been completed.

The Department of Examinations announced that steps will be taken to address concerns of teachers experiencing difficulty.

BY Thameenah Razeek