Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Undergrads to add to govt. woes

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Undergraduates will launch a new protest campaign against the government’s delay in solving the problems of university non academic staff who are currently on an indefinite strike demanding rectification of their salary anomalies.

Convener of the Inter University Students Federation Sanjeewa Bandara told The Island that the academic calendar, including examinations were completely paralysed due to the strike started on June 06.

"Examinations in most universities have been postponed due to the strike and undergraduate have to wait months to sit them," he said.

Bandara said that as it was the academic calendar was late by two or three years. The current situation would add to the backlog in the universities.

"All degree programmes got delayed by three months when university teachers launched a trade union action last year. This strike too entered its 20th day today", he said.

According to him they would support the trade union action and the government should meet their demands immediately to stop it.

Bandara said university teachers too planned to start a strike from July 04 and the situation would become worse if the government did not provide immediate solution.

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