Minister Wimal Weerawansa charges that certain trade unions have interpreted the proposals presented by the government to resolve teachers and principals salary anomalies, based on their agenda.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Department of Government Information, Minister Weerawansa said therefore the Ministerial Sub-committee decided to announce the recommendations to the public, openly.
The Minister said all teachers and principals in the country cannot be controlled by several trade unions.
He claimed the government believes a majority of teachers and principals will accept the government’s proposals and resume teaching, even if some trade unions are unwilling to accept the solutions.
When inquired by media regarding the government’s economic plan to find necessary funds to provide the Rs.5,000 allowance to teachers, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the Cabinet of Ministers decided that a solution must be provided to teachers, despite financial challenges, as the issue concerning teachers must be dealt with in a sensitive manner.
Minister Amaraweera stressed the country’s children are important as the country cannot be uplifted by leaving them in the dark.
He added more sacrifices will have to be made for children’s education.
The Minister said therefore the Cabinet decided to donate their monthly salaries.