Teachers and principals trade unions will hold discussions with the Secretary to the Ministry of Education today pertaining to salary anomalies.
Taking to social media, Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe said, trade unions hope to address a number of issues, including the closed service of teachers.
Jayasinghe however said, the trade union action will only end when favourable solutions are provided to their demands.
He called for salary anomalies to be resolved according to the recommendations of the ‘Subodhini’ committee report and overdue increments to be provided in one payment.
Commenting on the funds required to resolve issues faced by teachers and principals and the funds allocated by the government for non-essential activities, Jayasinghe said Rs.71.276 billion has been allocated for political projects aimed at upcoming elections adding this sum is sufficient to resolve teachers and principals salary anomalies.
He said the government has allocated USD 175 million as handling charges for the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
The Chief Secretary charged the government of irrationally spending funds and being unable to allocate Rs.30 billion to resolve salary anomalies.
He said this proves the government’s disregard towards the 263,000 teachers and principals and the future and education of 4.3 million students.