Teachers challenge Govt over pay cut warning
By Nabiya Vaffoor
Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe challenged the Government to try to impose pay cuts on teachers who do not attend school. He made these remarks in response to the statement made by North-Western Province Governor Raja Kollure that salaries of teachers who would not report for duty today Thursday (21), would be cut.
Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) Kurunegala District President Sarath Premasiri pointed out the authorities should provide a fair solution to the issue, instead of threatening teachers and principals. “Teachers would be on strike on 21 October and they do not plan to return to schools on 22 October either.
Teachers would however report for duty at schools on 25 October,” he said. The North-Western Province Governor on 19 October said salaries of teachers who would not report for duty today would be cut. Kollure noted that as the person operating in the capacity of the Education Minister in his province, he would seek action against teachers who continue to be on strike even after the reopening of schools.