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Academics to boycott A/L evaluation meeting

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In spite of Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena’s plan to initiate 2012 A/L evaluation this week, academics today said they will not be attending the evaluators’ meeting scheduled for September 24.

Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) President Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri speaking to the Daily Mirror said all FUTA members have been instructed to boycott the 2012 A/L evaluation meeting scheduled for September 24 by the Examinations Department.

The 2012 A/L answer script evaluations are facing an unprecedented delay due to the trade union action of academics. The paper marking process was scheduled to commence on September 1.  

Meanwhile, he also rejected reports of a fraction of academics giving up the trade union action.

“The government claims nearly 100 academics have left the trade union action and that more are to follow. These figures they release are manipulated and are grossly inaccurate. Our trade union action has not met any such disruption and it will continue with the strength of all academics’ participation,” he added.  (Lakna Paranamanna)

 
 

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-11+74 # Sonali De Silva 2012-09-22 13:34
Its time for the govt to get down from their high horses and come to an amicable compromise with FUTA. Judging by the stance they are taking it looks like the govt has met it's Waterloo. So swallow your pride and get things going before something catastrophic happens.
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-9+51 # Jagath Leanage 2012-09-22 14:09
Yes, I agree with Sonali. Both parties must get to gether, dicuss core issues ,please come for an amicable solution. After all chilrdren are the future of our country. Not these bad and dirty politicians. But we must remembe,r these Lecturers are interlectuals and not muts like politicians. There salary scale should be above of a M.P.s'.
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-6+42 # V Andrew 2012-09-22 14:25
In a time where morals have gone down to the lowest we've seen in our whole life and where everyone is either bought over, intimidated, beaten and/or killed if they ever cross paths with this corrupt government and its cronies, it takes such courage to stand up to this failed government. I salute FUTA for standing up to what it believes in fearlessly and in full strength. Let it be a lesson for all of us. As the great Abraham Lincoln once said; "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it". It seems that we have no option but to exercise our revolutionary right.
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-4+51 # Asanka 2012-09-22 14:47
What is there to compromise with this government.. Are you saying that this government have no idea about the issues in education system. You just have a look at their cabinet, most of them are just thugs.. and every ministers' sons and daughters are having foreign education, they didnt do anything productive and they wont.. SB just want to bring private universities somehow.. This government has got no vision, they dont know how to do a constructive thing.. its simple as that
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-3+48 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-09-22 14:48
If uneducated stupid politicians can command thumping salaries and unlimited allowances; then it is all the more resonable to pay the educated academics a decent salary, definitely more than what is paid to the good-for-nothing MPs and Ministers.
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-6+65 # Lalindra 2012-09-22 14:50
May your struggle go from strength to strength. The people of this country and their sons and daughters are with you.
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-97+19 # Bandara 2012-09-22 14:51
Unfortunately, many who support academics' struggle cannot understand that they speak non-sense than sense in their demands. The demand that people support, the 6% GDP is 25% of government revenue. Anybody who knows how government expenditure is allocated for different sectors knows very well that this is impractical. Even FUTA president ducks this demand in interllectual forums. If FUTA persists that they would not return unless 6% demand is met I am ABSOLUTELY SURE that this strike would never end. People now have to think for themselves more deeply than just believing what these academics say before they support. Otherwise people are not doing any good to their children or free education by supporting FUTA. Read more on GDP and government expenditure and think yourself.
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-7+3 # Senaka 2012-09-23 10:50
Well said Bandara !
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-4+6 # Apsara 2012-09-23 10:20
Ultimately poor A/L students will be in blunder same like last year. No one seems to think about our future generation.

Apsara
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-2+7 # Tanji 2012-09-23 11:25
The whole country should support FUTA. ,easy to resolve this problem.
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