Meet TU demands before opening schools - CTU | Daily News

Meet TU demands before opening schools - CTU

The President of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) Priyantha Fernando stated that if the Government is planning to reopen schools it should take immediate action to meet the two major conditions laid down by the unions.

He said there were reports that the Government was planning to open schools with less than 100 students initially after the prolonged closure due to COVID-19.

Speaking to the media in Anuradhapura yesterday (13) morning, Fernando further said that there are about 3,000 schools with less than 100 students throughout Sri Lanka.

“If the Government is to take action to restart schools, these two basic conditions must be met before schools can be reopened. Accordingly, the health recommendations required for the reopening of these schools should be clearly stated and the facilities required to implement the health guidelines should be provided to those schools to build the confidence of teachers, students and parents. The Government should also act with honesty to find a solution to the problem of teachers and principal’s salary anomalies”.

“If these two conditions are not met, the Government will be responsible for further delays in resuming children’s education,” he added.

He charged that some principals have sent applications for the GCE (A/L) and GCE (O/L) Examinations due to pressure exerted by certain education officials.

He further said that as a union it will take a firm decision against those members who act against the wishes and collective decisions of the unions. 

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