Although the Ministry of Higher Education stressed yesterday that a forum was to be provided today to discuss the university lecturers' crisis that pledge has not yet materialized.
However addressing a media briefing convened by the Federation of University Teachers Association today Chairman of the FUTA Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri
noted that the ministries decision to allocate 6% of the countries GDP for educational purposes was not a deterrent in solving the strike at hand.
Dr. Dewasiri also added that the strike stance adopted by the FUTA was not an attempt overthrow the current regime.
Meanwhile Minister Keheliya Rambukwella states that the Minister of Higher Education will not boycott the successive discussions due to be held between the university lecturers & the government.
He also noted that the Federation of University Lecturers Association had not tendered in a request seeking the withdrawal of subject Minister
S.B. Dissanayeke from eventual discussions.
Addressing today's cabinet decision media briefing Cabinet spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella added that discussions headed by Minister Basil Rajapaksa instead of Subject minister S.B. Dissanayeke in this regard was yet another methodology adopted to solve the issue at steak.
Meanwhile the United National Party states that the government has truncated
the Ministry of Higher Educations capitol expenditure by 47% in the year 2011.
Party Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha De Silva made the following observation during a media briefing which was held in Colombo today.