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No Alternative, Left for the Teachers Except Struggle ! - Sanjeewa Bandara | Lankaviews | Views of the TruthLankaviews | Views of the Truth

No Alternative, Left for the Teachers Except Struggle ! – Sanjeewa Bandara



The media conference has been called by the Associated Teachers Union to explain their future activities in connection with the problems which irrupted in the teachers and the principals services. The media conference held at N.M.perera Center in Colombo on 21st of February. Here is the breif of the Organisational Secretary Sanjeewa Bandara of the Associated Teachers Union, for this conference.
” The current burning problems surrounded at the school sectors, are not emerged just today but from a long time ago. The teachers have been suffered from these sort of problems since ages ago. The salary problem of them has come to a critical point by now. They can’t live with this meager salary to face day to day expenses. They have engulfed of loans up to their necks to give education for their children, to build their own houses, to buy a bike, etc…ones the installment payed, nothing left from their salary. Therefore they deserve pay rise according to the rising of the cost of living. This is not just for the teachers service, pay rise badly in need of the all sectors of state,private, contract too.
In the teachers service, they have their perticular problems too. One of then is, B.C.Perera salary commission report. The teachers fought for decades to improve the teachers service in to a island wide service to save the dignity of the teachers service. To have a proper system for recruiting teachers without political mediation, to have a proper system for having the transfers for the teachers and to have a standard promotion system. As a results of the continued struggle of the teachers, the rulers had to stablish the teachers services as a island wide standard service in 1994. The teachers service, Principals service, Administration service became the parallel services. We consider this service to get stablished as an island wide standard service, as a huge victory even if it has a lot of short comes. But what B.C.Perera commission in 1997 had done is, it abolished the standard teachers service. The commission trimmed the associated salary stages for the teachers and the principals. This commission increased the salaries by 60% for other services except the teachers and the principals services. The commission said they would consider about the teachers later but so far, nothing had happened.
By 2020, the salary differences becomes severe. Considering monthly basis, the amount of the extortion from teachers salaries are shocking higher. From a 2-(11) grade teacher loosing 14,315 Rupees per a month, From 2-(1) grade teacher loosing 23,125 per a month. From grade 1 teacher loosing 30,685 Rupees. They are loosing huge money every month from their salary. This is not fair at all. If they had these money, they would not have to do the tution or other business to earn money for day to day survive. If they had these money they have enough time for relaxation and do the job. But the governments do not want to solve these teachers burning problems. As the teachers, you have left nothing as an alternatives but for fighting.
We, as the Associated Teachers Union, have organized a protest campaign to meet these demands on 28th of February at 2:00pm in front of Isurupaya. So we would like to ask for all the teachers around the country, Lets get together, Lets organize and Lets fight to solve our burning problems.