550 Sri Lankan university teachers work in foreign countries violating bonds

Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka University Grants Commission reveals that 550 university teachers who went abroad on leave for higher education have not returned to service as expected.

Most of them have found employment in better paid jobs in Western countries. Some have even settled in those countries permanently, University Grants Commission sources said.

Those university teachers have violated the bonds they have signed with the universities. Although some universities have taken action against them, a fair number still go scot-free, the higher education authorities say.

The University Grants Commission has even identified instances where some of those teachers have joined the same universities for other posts.

University teachers agree to serve the university five years after finishing their higher studies when they obtain leave. Universities can charge the bond amount from them or from the surety parties in case of violating the agreement.

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