Teachers’ and principals’ trade unions will today announce their stance pertaining to the decision by the government to reopen schools from the 21st of October, under the first phase of plans to reopen schools.
The President of the All Ceylon United Teachers’ Union Ven. Yalwela Pagngnasekara said the decision reached collectively by all trade unions will be announced.
The venerable requested teachers and principals to remain attentive to the statement.
The thera said one group intimidating teachers is the Minister of Public Security who indirectly informed teachers to report to work.
The venerable added another group is local authorities, who are gathering graduates and those recruited as part of the group for 100,000 jobs, to direct them to schools to operate classrooms.
The thera called for various means of intimidation to be brought to a halt adding that this struggle cannot be won over through such actions.
Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe commenting on statements by government politicians pertaining to union action over salary anomalies challenged such persons to try and harm teachers or principals adding they will show their force under such a circumstance.
Jayasinghe said 263,000 teachers will stand against such efforts adding that they will reveal their efforts on the 21st.
He added such claims are an insult to the pride of teachers who are responsible for the future of 4.3 million children.