COLOMBO (NewsRadio); President Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government will be able to consider the financial concessions and privileges requested by university lecturers after the domestic debt restructuring program is successfully completed and the country’s economy is stabilized by September.
President Wickremesinghe made these remarks during a discussion with university lectures held at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (18).
The President’s Media Division said academic staff representatives from all universities were present and the main purpose of the discussion was to identify solutions that can be given to the issues faced by the university lecturers and to maintain the university system in the current economic downturn.
The President also instructed the authorities to submit a cabinet memorandum regarding filling the necessary vacancies in the university system.
The PMD said university lecturers emphasized that the existing educational facilities are insufficient compared to the number of students that enroll to universities annually.
With the focus on improving facilities of the university system while maintaining the current financial allocation restrictions, President Ranil Wickremesinghe had advised to pay more attention to the develop the facilities of medical, engineering and science faculties.
The President has further directed the authorities to consult with the Attorney General and reach a decision on the possibility of re-granting the research allowance of the currently suspended university lecturers.
Attention was also drawn to educational reforms to improve the quality of the country’s university education to meet the modern-day demands.