Volunteer teachers' protest called off on PM’s assurance
[TamilNet, Friday, 11 April 2003, 18:04 GMT]
The forty day sit-in protest campaign by the Northeast provincial Tamil
medium volunteer teachers, demanding permanent appointment, was called off
Friday morning in the presence of the Trincomalee district Tamil National
Alliance parliamentarian, Mr.R.Sampanthan, Provincial Ministry of Education
Secretary, Mr.R.Thiagalingam, and the President of the Ceylon Tamil Teachers
Union, Mr.S.Thandauthapani, sources said.
Mr.Sampanthan, addressing the volunteer teachers who were conducting the
protest campaign in front of the provincial ministry of education office since March 09, said that the Prime Minister had agreed that the problems of the Northeast volunteer teachers could not be compared with their counterparts in other provinces. Hence the Prime Minister had assured that he would see that permanency would be granted to the Northeast volunteer teachers with the approval of the Attorney General.
Mr.Sampanthan informed the volunteer teachers that documents related to
this issue had already been dispatched to the Attorney General for a
ruling and it was expected in a week's time.
Mr.C.Amirthalingam, President of the NE provincial Volunteer Teachers'
Federation, said that they had decided to suspend the protest campaign on
the assurance given by the Prime Minister. They would not hesitate to
launch a protest campaign afresh if the government failed to fulfill its
promise, he stressed.
Mr.R.Thiagalingam and Mr.Thandayuthapani also addressed the teachers.