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The Ceylon Teachers Service Union yesterday called on the Government to increase public expenditure on education to 10% from the current 2.59% as low investments in education will cause the country’s education system to spiral downwards and threatened to protest if their requests are not met in the 2012 Budget.

The union’s secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said the Government has allocated Rs.33.25 billion for the Education Ministry and Rs.24.47 billion for the Higher Education Ministry in the 2012 Budget.

He said these are meagre sums when compared to the allocation of Rs.229.94 billion for the Urban Development Ministry, Rs.144.57 billion for the Ports & Highways Ministry, Rs.124.22 billion for the Finance and Planning Ministry and Rs.104.57 billion for the Economic Development Ministry.

“There is a vast difference in the allocation of money invested by the Government in education and health as opposed to road and urban development and other areas. Education and Health are the most vital areas that the Government should focus on,” Mr. Jayasinghe said.

The union said that public school teachers have not received promotions in over three years and many have not received their pensions.

“We have been making these demands for years but they have been falling on deaf years. Nevertheless we will fight for these demands,” he said. (By Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • kornelius John Friday, 11 November 2011 03:28 AM

    But isn't it fantastic how the "educated" people of this country have been fooled?

    Nodrog Thursday, 10 November 2011 03:39 AM

    Why not...if govt can increase defense budget when we are not at war now why can't they spend more on education?

    UniDon Thursday, 10 November 2011 04:10 AM

    Highly appreciate your courage especially when dons and FUTA are in hollow of silence

    AMG Thursday, 10 November 2011 04:40 AM

    No money no Education !

    Kenny G Thursday, 10 November 2011 04:58 AM

    The more uneducated the people are more easier it is to fool them. !!!!!!!

    Lankan Thursday, 10 November 2011 06:34 AM

    Very good one and make sense too !!

    ampare son Thursday, 10 November 2011 01:38 PM

    some people like shylock. they never satiafied.


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