May 02, Colombo: Teacher trade unions of Sri Lanka have threatened to boycott evaluating Advanced Level answer scripts this year if the university lecturers move out of the process.
The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) has said it would not participate in the evaluation of this year’s Advanced Level answer scripts as part of its union action if the government failed to address their demands and grant them a salary hike.
The teacher trade unions announced today that they too would boycott the evaluation process if the government planned to replace the university lecturers by the teachers.
Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Navaratne has reportedly said that teachers would be used to replace university lecturers to evaluate A/level answer scripts if the lecturers resorted to union action.
Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin has told the media that the university academics played an important role in the Advanced Level examination and that teachers would not approve any move by the government to replace the academics with them.
Several other trade unions have also opposed the government’s move saying teachers would also stay out of the Advanced Level evaluation process.