Teachers involved in O/L paper marking protest

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Teachers engaging in GCE Ordinary Level (O/L) 2021 paper marking protested yesterday in various parts of the country, demanding that the authorities make arrangements to distribute fuel or provide transportation allowance until paper marking was complete.

Teachers who were marking GCE O/L papers protested in front of Jaffna Hindu College, demanding fuel.

They demanded that teachers engaged in paper marking be given fuel at relevant fuel sheds.

They claimed that due to a lack of fuel, they were having difficulty getting to paper marking centres on time and returning home after work for the day.

Protesters asked Jaffna District Secretary K. Mahesan and other Education officials to make alternative arrangements to distribute the required fuel.

Protesters demanded that a fuel shed be set up exclusively for teachers engaged in paper marking until paper marking was completed.

Meanwhile, teachers staged a protest in a few Kandy locations, demanding that the authorities or provide a transport allowances in light of the critical situation.

Protests were staged in front of Kandy Seethadevi Balika Vidyalaya and Sumangala Vidyalaya. Protesters marched to the Kandy District Secretariat and voiced their displeasure.

They alleged that the fuel shed in the region did not accept the permit issued by the Education Ministry. If a proper mechanism was not implemented they said they were going to boycott paper marking from today.

Teachers who have been engaging in paper marking also protested opposite the Zonal Education office in Embilipitiya on 19 June. Nearly 250 teachers engaging in paper marking at Embilipitiya Janadhipathi Vidyalaya took part in the protest.   

BY Naalir Jamaldeen, Kamal Suraweera (Kandy) and Surendra Gamage (Udawalawa)