Principals of some government schools have been accused of not allowing students to enter school premises yesterday. Teachers said this had been done in support of yesterday`s one-day token strike called by five major teacher trade unions to pressure the government to give in to their demand for immediate upward revision of salaries.
`Some students were forced to leave,` a spokesman for teachers who opposed yesterday`s strike called by unions including one affiliated to the JVP told The Island. The striking unions had received the support of the UNP union.
Government schools islandwide, including those in the North and East were affected by yesterday`s strike.
Authorities also reported several instances of striking principals and teachers threatening colleagues who refused to join their campaign, several teachers told The Island.
Schools had to close early due to the strike. Schools situated along the coastal belt in the Southern, Eastern and Western provinces were closed in view of the tsunami warnings.
Education authorities promised to issue the circular to rectify the salary anomalies after the meeting between the Ministerial sub committee, appointed to investigate the matter on September 06. As the September 6 discussions failed, the evaluation boycotting teachers decided to stage a one-day strike in schools islandwide yesterday. The the UNP led Jathika Adyapana Sevaka Sangamaya also offered its support to the yesterday`s strike.
Commissioner General of Examinations Anura Edirisinghe said that the answer script evaluation had commenced yesterday.
`We have commenced the marking answer scripts at 54 centres islandwide. Teacher trade unionists threatened some teachers against attending to paper marking. But they couldn`t stop teachers presenting themselves for marking,` Edirisinghe said.