The Ceylon Teacher Services Union says many individuals within the teacher-principal service who hold academic titles such as Shasthrapathi, Vidyapathi and Darshanapathi are leaving, as salary anomalies have not been resolved.
Taking to social media, CTSU Chief Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe urged the public to see the teachers’ struggles as a fight to secure the rights of free education and not aimed at merely resolving teacher principal salary anomalies.
He predicted a skills shortage that would be imminent within the teacher service as the government has not paid due attention to the profession.
Jayasinghe said salary anomalies must be resolved in order to save the education sector from entirely collapsing.
Mahinda Jayasinghe said commenting on a statement by Minister Sarath Weerasekera, calling for authorities to take action against individuals who are a threat to ensuring uninterrupted education in classrooms, said such statements are against the law adding that the public and trade union activities are protected by the Constitution.
Jayasinghe said teachers are merely exercising their trade union rights and therefore added it was not illegal to stage strike actions.