University lecturers who supported the UPFA government at the last general election, yesterday threatened to withdraw their support if the proposed reforms in the education sector were implemented.
National University Teachers` Alliance President Dr. Chandana Abeyratne told a news conference that the new proposals appeared to be going against the government`s election manifesto.
`In the agreement signed for the formation of the UPFA, it was pledged not to privatize free education. The government has now given approval to the Oasis Hospital to conduct private degree medical programmes. We oppose such moves. We will not hesitate to resort to stern action if this situation continues,` he said.
Responding to the government`s latest statement regarding the peace talks, he said they opposed the government`s stance to restart talks with the LTTE based on an Interim Authority.
Meanwhile Power and Energy Minister and UPFA Secretary Susil Premajayantha said the government would act according to `Rataperata programme` regarding the peace process.
Admitting that these lecturers helped the UPFA to get elected, the minister said they were prepared to discuss with them the proposed reforms in the education sector.
`These are only proposals. No finality has been reached. The University Grants Commission has also expressed their opinion about it,` he said