Sri Lanka university teachers firm on decision to vacate academic posts tomorrow

May 08, Colombo: University teachers of Sri Lanka are firm in their decision to resign from the academic posts they hold from tomorrow, university sources say.

The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) has announced that they will abandon their academic posts with effect from Monday.

They cite this as a preliminary step towards a possible general strike, if the government fails to meet their demands.

However, rejecting the university teachers’ action, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a circular, saying university teachers needed to give notice three months ahead of resignation.

The FUTA has also warned to boycott evaluation of the answer scripts of this year’s GCE Advanced Level examination that is to be held in August if the salary issue was not sorted out by then.

Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Navaratne has said that school teachers would be used to replace university teachers to evaluate A/level answer scripts if they resorted to union action.

However, some teachers’ trade unions have also pledged support to the move of the university teachers.

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