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  • sri Lanka:‘Save State Education’  – In solidarity with FUTA strike Read more >

    sri Lanka:‘Save State Education’ – In solidarity with FUTA strike

    A protest march and a rally organized by the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) under the theme ‘Save State Education’ was held in Colombo today (23rd). 36 University associations representing 14 universities, nearly 40 trade unions and several civil organizations participated in the demonstrations and the rally. Two demonstrations that commenced from Nawaloka Hospital […]

  • Govt.behind attack and threats to doctors, charges FSP

    The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) has charged that the Government was behind the threat to Dr. Lalantha Ranasinghe by throwing a hand grenade at his house. Dr. Ranasinghe who is an active member of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) was openly against the privatisation of hospitals and was a critic of the Government. Issuing […]

  • Reflections on the FUTA Strike Action from an Undergraduate

    By Sanjayan RajasinghamUniversity students have different opinions about the strike action by the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA). Some oppose it, and went to court to get lecturers back to work. Others have expressed support. However almost all are annoyed at the time lost.In writing this I do not intend to exhaustively analyse the […]

  • Education policy and FUTA’s mandate: some thoughts Read more >

    Education policy and FUTA’s mandate: some thoughts

    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2012/08/education-policy-and-futas-mandate-some.html by Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda, Member AFTA, University of Colombo Some people have made an argument that FUTA has exceeded the mandate of a trade union when it demands the government to allocate 6% of the GDP to education. This argument emanates from the position that trade unions have no business with government’s fiscal policy. […]

  • SLMC girds its loins following grenade throwing incident Read more >

    SLMC girds its loins following grenade throwing incident

    Doctors-Attck-Gra The powerful Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), following a grenade-attack on the home of a respected senior surgeon-cum-SLMC member, has called an emergency meeting tomorrow to decide on a course of action, the Sunday Times reliably learns. This came amidst an assurance by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa that SLMC members under threat would be […]

  • Sri Lankan intellectuals raise concerns over education issues Read more >

    Sri Lankan intellectuals raise concerns over education issues

    ”The recent trade union action by the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) and public protests over the recent Z score fiasco, school admissions to Grade I, closure of rural schools, paucity of competent principals and teachers, politicization of appointments in the education sector etc. have raised important issues and created an opportunity for a […]

  • Fishermen attacked even within Indian waters: State government Read more >

    Fishermen attacked even within Indian waters: State government

    file photo: TN fisherman on stike The State government on Friday alleged that fishermen were being humiliated, assaulted and killed by Sri Lankan Navy not only when they crossed the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) but also when they were fishing within the Indian territorial waters.Advocate General A. Navaneethakrishnan made the submission before a Division […]

  • The ‘Miracle of Asia’ and Higher Education Read more >

    The ‘Miracle of Asia’ and Higher Education

    Groundviews Screen Shot 2012-08-10 at 3.17.12 AM Along with a number of others in the original email list, including the President of Sri Lanka and leading MPs, Groundviews was forwarded a compelling presentation by the University of Moratuwa Teachers Association on Sri Lanka’s higher education crisis. If this was produced by any NGO, the President […]

  • Demands of University Dons: Who’s gone Cuckoo? Read more >

    Demands of University Dons: Who’s gone Cuckoo?

    By Amal S. Kumarage MRR8912 President Rajapaksa conferred with honorary Doctorate by University of Moscow in Russia, One can only thank Mr. C.A.Chandraprema for choosing an apt title ‘University Dons in Cuckoo land’ for his article published in the Sunday Divaina and Sunday Island of 4th August. There is no disagreement that is exactly where […]

  • Z-score muddle: 1,675 students complain to HRC . Read more >

    Z-score muddle: 1,675 students complain to HRC .

    Students protest all over the country The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has received as many as 1,675 complaints from students whose Z-scores had changed after the re-calculation based on a Supreme Court ruling, officials said yesterday.  Commissioner Pratibha Mahanama said the authorities concerned could not go by the previous Z-score calculations, which were […]

  • Breaking the Ghostly Silence on Rape Read more >

    Breaking the Ghostly Silence on Rape

     Public awareness and advocacy can help save young children By Amantha Perera – It was the ghostly silence that struck him hardest as he walked through the Colombo suburb of Kirulapone the day after the lifeless body of a six-year-old girl had been discovered floating in a filthy canal, Kumar de Silva, a well-known local media […]

  • FUTA Wants Govt to prioritise and invest in education Read more >

    FUTA Wants Govt to prioritise and invest in education

    by Dr.Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri FUTA72812 6% of GDP for Education: Who is telling the truth?Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) is asking the government to prioritise education and to invest in education.Towards this end FUTA has shown a concrete figure of measurement: the allocation on education as a percentage of GDP.This is a globally accepted […]

  • Child Rape on the Rise in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Child Rape on the Rise in Sri Lanka

    Protests in Colombo demanding arrest of child rapists. Credit: Feizal Samath/IPS By Feizal Samath  (IPS) – A spate of child rape cases in Sri Lanka has angered child rights activists and moved the government to consider tightening the relevant laws and making the offence punishable with the death sentence.A government statement released in parliament in […]

  • TNA’s Sumanthiran drops opposition to Govt.’s land notice – Govt undetake not to implement

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has withdrawn an application in the Court of Appeal, challenging the Government’s controversial land circular for the North and East.This was on the basis of an undertaking by the Government not to implement provisions of the circular.Mr. Sumanthiran said he reserved the right to file a fresh application, […]

  • Colombo destroys education of Tamil youth in North, teachers complain

    More than 11% of the schools in the Northern Province remain closed due to Sri Lanka military occupation, say teachers in Jaffna citing statistics from the Northern provincial ministry of education. Colombo has been systematically depriving the Eezham Tamil educational institutions in North and East from receiving external aid, both from foreign NGOs and the […]

  • Academics want new contract with government Read more >

    Academics want new contract with government

    Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) president Dr. Nirmal Dewasiri said that the academics wished enter into a new contract with the government in order to solve key problems which they face such as lack autonomy, academic freedom and resources and salary anomalies. He said that there was to be a crucial meeting on Thursday […]

  • Protect Children From Sex Perverts, Editorial SL Read more >

    Protect Children From Sex Perverts, Editorial SL

    There is undoubtedly a  horrendous mounting crime wave in the country – politically motivated killings, homicides for personal reasons, abductions, rapes and crimes committed against the most vulnerable of all – children. Crimes committed against the little ones received the least publicity but of late the horrendous nature of the bestial acts committed on them […]

  • Report on Katunayake police shooting still not released – Unionists

    Although a formal request had been made to Secretary to President Lalith Weeratunga to make public the Mahanama Tillekeratne report on the killing of Katunayake Free Trade Zone employee Roshan Chanaka by police in May last year (2011), the document had not been released as yet nor has the request been acknowledged, Free Trade Zones […]

  • University teachers launch strike today, FUTA chief threatened again Read more >

    University teachers launch strike today, FUTA chief threatened again

    University teachers will launch an indefinite strike today as their talks with the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga have failed.Yesterday’s discussion chaired by Weeratunga was held at the Presidential Secretariat with the participation of members of the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA), Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake, Secretary to Ministry of Higher […]

  • Decision to strike as last resort is part of Trade Union Action Campaign to Protect State Universities-FUTA Read more >

    Decision to strike as last resort is part of Trade Union Action Campaign to Protect State Universities-FUTA

    Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) is dismayed by the statements issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the CVCD (Committee of Vice Chancellors and Directors) on the trade union action of a continuous strike called by the Federation of University Teachers’ Asscociations (FUTA) from 4th July, 2012. FUTA7312 The statements suggest that FUTA […]

  • Right to free assembly worsens further in Vanni Read more >

    Right to free assembly worsens further in Vanni

    The occupying SL military-run ‘civil’ administration of the Northern province, led by Colombo’s colonial governor of North Maj. Gen. (retd) GA Chandrasir, has instructed the educational sector officials in Vanni about whom they should invite as guests to events and meetings of the schools. Those who could be invited are military officers, SL ministers, state […]

  • Court says rights of students violated Read more >

    Court says rights of students violated

    Delivering the judgment in the Z-score case Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake said a mere statement that the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to treat the students who sat the 2011 Advanced Level Examination (A/L) under the new and old syllabi belong to one category, would not be sufficient.The 38-page judgment with Justice Nimal […]

  • Education is next in importance to freedom and justice – SC Read more >

    Education is next in importance to freedom and justice – SC

    UGC asked to calculate Z-score separately for two syllabiThe Supreme Court yesterday declared null and void the August 2011 GCE (A/L) examination Z-score. The judgement said that there was a complex question as regards the Z-score calculated on the basis of the old syllabus and the new syllabus taken together.The second respondent, the University Grants […]

  • 4 children under 16 are raped daily Read more >

    4 children under 16 are raped daily

    = Police say main reason parents going abroad for employment leaving children in care of guardians = Child right activists too say not enough security for children under 16 even in their own homesView(s): 12At least four rape cases are reported in the country every day and most of them are of children under 16, Police […]

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