Teachers protest "systematic racism"

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 06 October 1999, 18:49 GMT]
The 20,000 member-strong Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union has announced today that a nation-wide trade union action would be launched in November this year, against the actions of "Sinhala chauvinist elements" in the National Institute of Education and the Educational Publication Department.

Sinhala racists are systematically undermining the education of the Tamil medium students in the island, says the CTTU.

In a statement issued by the General Secretary of the CTTU Mr.T.Mahasivam, coinciding with the World Teachers' Day, the above announcement has been made.

The CTTU has alleged that the National Institute of Education and the Educational Publication Department are acting against the decisions of the Minister and Deputy Minister who are in charge of the education of the country.

Both these institutions function under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Mr.Mahasivam has stated that in July the CTTU launched a trade union, putting forward nine demands including the payment of risk allowance and arrears of salaries to teachers and principals serving in the north- east province.

The government acceded to only one demand, by paying risk allowance and salary arrears.

But the government had not taken any steps fulfil the other demands pertaining to the education of the Tamil medium students not only in the north-east province, but also in the other provinces in the country, the CTTU says.

If the government failed to take steps to implement the others demands before the end of October, the CTTU has proposed to launch a trade union action during the first week of November.

As a first step, a one-day token strike would be organised. Thereafter, teachers would boycott the promotion examinations in schools and the 1999 G.C.E. Ordinary Level exam. conducted by the Department of Examinations, Mr.Mahasivam has said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
02.10.19 22:28   Photo
No place for human rights in China’s white paper for future world
01.10.19 18:26  
Genocidal Sri Lanka hits back at UN, claims it passed ‘litmus test’ on human rights in 2019
30.09.19 20:49  
SL military, police, traders, exert pressure on civil authorities in Mannaar to alienate lands
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4022