Many issues regarding education in the North have not been solved despite four years have passed since the end of the separatist war states Lanka Teacher Services Union (LTSU) pointing out students, teachers and education officials in the area are distressed by lack of physical amenities such as buildings, electricity, water, furniture, laboratories, libraries, play grounds as well as an acute shortage of teachers.
The LTSU demands the government to solve these issues immediately without bragging on ‘Northern Spring’ and such media pageants which do not solve crucial issues of the masses.
The President of LTSU Aruna Dissanayake and members of the union visited Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya and Mannar areas recently and met teachers and officials at schools and zonal education offices. Mr. Dissanayaka said his union would attempt to meet the Governor in the North, the Chief Minister and relevant ministers to find means of solving issues and if the attempt fails his union would take trade union and legal actions to defend the right for education of the people in the North.
Mr. Dissanayaka further said people, specially teachers in the North, have to live in fear due to issues such as land mines near schools, Army camps and check points put up near schools in addition to the issues confronted by teachers in other areas such as salary anomalies, promotions, delay of payment of salaries, delay in paying distress and property loans.
He said the achievement level of students has drastically dropped due to the breakdown of primary education in the North during the war. He also pointed out the lack of units for special education had hindered the education of children who suffer from various disabilities.
The President of LTSU appealed to the teachers in the North to send their grievances to the General Secretary of LTSU at No. 12/2, Weera Mawatha, Subuthypura, Battaramulla or fax to 011-2884644 so that they could have a better understanding regarding issues confronted by teachers in the North.