Teachers in North provide online education to int’l school students
BY Thameenah Razeek
Despite the on-going teachers’ strike, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera alleged that teachers in the Northern Province provided online education to privileged pupils from wealthy families who attend international schools and private institutions. As a result, he reiterated, the teachers' strike has disproportionately impacted the poor students in rural areas.
Amaraweera at a Media briefing yesterday (21) stated that the strike has had the biggest impact on children of underprivileged families from rural areas of the country.
“The Ministerial Sub-Committee formed to investigate the teachers’ salary issue did not recommend providing teachers with an additional allowance of Rs. 5,000 per month. We provided solid solutions for ten of the eleven demands of the teachers' unions. Salary increases are not possible now due to a lack of financial resources. We are hoping to find a solution for this in the next budget,” he stressed.