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Referring to Thursday's protest by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) held opposite the Presidential Secretariat, IUSF convener the Ven. Rathkarawwe Jinarathana Thera said this government was resorting to a subtle method of suppressing university students without resorting to teargas, water cannons and barriers.

“Instead of an overt form of suppression, which might paint a negative picture of this government at the general elections, it is using covert methods to suppress the university students,” he told Daily Mirror. “We are remaining vigilant to thwart any action by the government against the IUSF."

The Thera said one of the maid demands made by the IUSF was that of increasing the Mahapola bursary up to Rs.10,000 a month and to deposit this amount on a regular basis to the the accounts maintained by the to students.

The discussions at presidential secretariat ended with the additional presidential secretary, the chairman of university Grants commission and the secretary to the ministry of higher education assuring the IUSF that the outstanding amounts will be deposited by Monday 13 while the increase in the Mahapola bursary will be taken up for consideration.

“We have not received any assurance in writing,” the Thera said. (Nishantha Hewage)

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  • Gayan Saturday, 11 January 2020 01:23 PM

    Hidden political hands never want to solve the problem. They live off the problem.

    Tamil Saturday, 11 January 2020 01:35 PM

    It was the Free Education introduced with noble intentions that has pushed Sri Lanka to this poor state. Most University students have no respect for anyone or even self pride for themselves . Further more JVP and LTTE would not have come about without the free education

    Sri Wickrema Saturday, 11 January 2020 01:59 PM

    You still prefer to get tear gas and baton charge. O tempora! O mores!

    Grad Saturday, 11 January 2020 07:55 PM

    Don't worry the overt methods will be given very soon.

    R. Wijewera Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:07 PM

    They are a permanent dark cloud over our sky.

    kumar Saturday, 11 January 2020 07:02 PM

    The answer is: STOP FREE EDUCATION. Anything free is never appreciated

    Shani Saturday, 11 January 2020 08:03 PM

    So beating you up is wrong! helping you out is wrong! everything is wrong? Stop wasting our money. Charge these ungreatful students who dont value free education.

    Leo Saturday, 11 January 2020 08:20 PM

    Rs 10,000 is too much for Mahapola. Free education plus half a million over 4 years? And then migrate to another country?


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