Monday, September 24, 2012
Govt. teachers asked to join FUTA protest march
The pro-JVP Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union has requested all teachers in government schools to join a march organized by the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA), scheduled to start from Galle today, to exhort the government to sort out the crisis in country’s education sector.
STSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe says, in a media release, that the teachers must join in force and extend their fullest support to the FUTA march from today (24) to September 28 from Galle to Colombo. Eighty days have lapsed since FUTA launched its trade union action demanding that the government allocate six percent of the GDP for the education sector, to depoliticise the universities and to ensure the participation of the university teachers in education reforms. The government has not responded favourably to these demands, he said.
Jayasinghe said that the demands were aimed at safeguarding State education in Sri Lanka and to ensure the rights to free education. "We request all teachers, principals and any party or persons, who support free education, to display their solidarity with university teachers and join the march," he said.
The march starts at 8.00 a.m. from Galle today and will proceed upto Ambalangoda. It resumes at 8.00 a.m. on September 25, 26, 27 and 28 from the towns of Amabalangoda, Aluthgama, Kalutara and Moratuwa. It is scheduled to reach Colombo next Friday evening (28).