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Universities closed until further notice

2012-08-21 10:12:14
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Amid the continuing strike by university teachers, Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanyake said today all universities excluding the medical faculties would be shut down with immediate effect until further notice.

The minister said all management level stakeholders including University Vice Chancellors, Directors and Academics had met on Monday to discuss the crisis and it was unanimously decided to shut down all universities.

“As Higher Education Minister and under the Universities Act No.16 I have decided to close the universities until further notice. The Higher Education Ministry will notify the date of reopening,” the minister said. (OJ)


  Comments - 36

  • RuwanL Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:13

    This is an easy way out to get out of responsibilities. Just shut it down and the problem will be solved. Try to solve the problem as quickly as possible by listening to what they are saying and taking corrective action.

    Reply : 4       53

    Susa Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:13

    Oops!! Seems we are going to have a big show here.

    Reply : 1       52

    Peiris Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:15

    Humm..... SB is getting ready for the 23rd protest.....

    Reply : 3       54

    Professor Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:18

    Very good. If the university lecturers are trying to act as hooligans it is better to get a new set of respectable university lecturers. There are some retired good lecturers and newly passed out graduates who will do justice to the free education system of Sri Lanka.

    Reply : 151       29

    Senior Professor Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:51

    Excuse me. What is your definition of hooligan? You show a high degree of critical thinking. Wow. Where did you find such brilliance?

    Reply : 16       75

    Sri Radharakshitha Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:09

    The "Professor" has said the right thing this is what should have been done. The government must enforce discipline among the academic staff of the universities

    68       19

    Cheena Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:52

    "There are some retired good lecturers and newly passed out graduates who will do justice to the free education system of Sri Lanka."
    This statement amply demonstrates the knowledge of the writer of the University system in Sri Lanka.
    Very pathetic situation.

    Reply : 11       66

    M De Silva Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:44

    Seems you have not even seen a University.

    Reply : 8       46

    das Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:46

    We can sack these lecturers and ask the army to teach at universities.

    Reply : 12       48

    das Wednesday, 22 August 2012 05:44

    How can you get "respectable lecturers" with this kind of low salary?

    Reply : 4       10

    Wijendra Thursday, 23 August 2012 03:52

    I agreed with you 100%. I know many people with PhDs in areas such as Chemistry, Physics and Math without a proper job. We need very strong president like JR to fire all these FUTA members and hire new set of professors.

    Reply : 1       1

    Prasannajit Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:27

    Comment by Professor. If that is the way the universities are to be run in Srilanka , god help the next generations.

    Reply : 8       47

    Janet Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:27

    Service provider Jilmart faculty must be opened before election.

    Reply : 5       24

    upul B Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:32

    He got what he wanted!!!

    happy man

    Reply : 4       30

    Kautilya Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:37

    Inciting uni. students to join FUTA campaign.

    Reply : 5       23

    Minister Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:43

    If this the solution of a responsible Minister?

    Reply : 4       31

    Ralph Anthony Kernr Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:46

    Who will correct the AL Answer Scripts. Is it the Army or the Police. Lets keep our fingers crossed.

    Reply : 3       36

    kumaraya Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:48

    Eventually, ALL sectors will close down. And the country too will "close down"

    Reply : 4       49

    chris Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:51

    Everybody on boats to australia

    Reply : 2       11

    Kautilya Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:50

    Are we heading for a "Colombo Spring"?

    Reply : 4       37

    Don Bosco Wednesday, 22 August 2012 04:13

    This is the "Wonder of Asia" winds blowing across Sri Lanka

    Reply : 2       5

    Al Rasa Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:51

    Good move.

    Reply : 40       9

    neil john Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:56

    We also heard that most of the MPS don't attend parliament. So we can close that as well.

    Reply : 1       50

    Kankanama Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:03

    දැං ඉතිං එස්.බී. මහත්තයාට නිවී සැනසිල්ලේ ආචාර්ය අර්බුදය විසදන්න පුළුවං..!!

    Reply : 1       20

    RamUk Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:05

    What about closing the parliament Banana Republic.

    Reply : 2       35

    Jeevan Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:07

    Then, close the hospitals if doctors strike!

    Reply : 3       45

    D.P.liyanage Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:08

    I am really disappointed over this decession. Pl think about the country. Do not ruin our motherland.

    Reply : 3       26

    Sri Radharakshitha Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:08

    The FUTA is responsible for this, their unruly strike has ultimately cost university students their education.

    Reply : 52       13

    Saman Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:17

    Do and ready their demands. Its not for them, its for the well-being of the future of our education system.

    Reply : 9       28

    Saman Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:43

    Go and read their demands. Its not for them, its for the well-being of the future of our education system.

    7       33

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:38

    You can already see the foreign universities reaping the benefits.

    Reply : 3       25

    Kevin De Silva Tuesday, 21 August 2012 12:03

    If I am the minister I would have closed this 25 years ago.this is the problem in the free education. If any of these students are paying from there pockets they won't let this happen and will be very serious in there studies like in the western world.
    In 25 years time we will keep on seeing the same news thuggery / assault/ ect

    Reply : 48       24

    fazriya Wednesday, 22 August 2012 05:10

    is this 'the wonder of Asia'??
    Lectures dont playhavoc with our life. 6% GDP for education is fair. But ur rude strike is unfair.

    Reply : 2       7

    Samarasekere Wednesday, 22 August 2012 08:25

    This struggle of the academics is so formidable that the fragmented state cannot answer the real issues. It is easy to close but resolving the crisis is the duty of the state. We need a government that can function without delaying the solutions.

    Reply : 3       6

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