Talks between the teacher trade unions and Education Minister Susil Premajayantha yesterdayfailed to reach any settlement regarding the grievances connected with their salaries .
Secretary to the Association of Educational Professionals Wasanta Dharmasiri told the Daily Mirror yesterday that they would go ahead with their decision to boycott Advanced Level paper marking. However, Mr. Dharmasiri said that the minister agreed to arrange a meeting for them with the National Salaries and Cadre Review Commission today to discuss the problem further.
Five teacher trade unions started boycotting paper marking on August 20 urging the government to address their grievances. Later, a cabinet sub-committee comprising three ministers was also appointed to look into the problem, but it failed in its mission. Meanwhile, these unions will also stage a token strike tomorrow to protest against the failure on the part of the government to resolve it.
By Kelum Bandara