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Friday, 09 November 2012 - 13:19
Teachers' and Principals' Associations to strike.
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The Teachers' and Principals' Associations have decided to engage in severe trade union action stating that they have not received solutions to their requests from the budget.

Secretary of the Lanka Teachers' Association, Joseph Stalin stated that they arrived at a final decision during a meeting held yesterday regarding this.

He further stated that no solution has been found through the budget for the long term issue regarding the salaries of the teachers and principals.

Meanwhile, the Federation of University Teachers Association states that no favourable response has been shown by the budget towards allocation of 6% of the Gross Domestic Product for Education which was their main demand.

Secretary of FUTA Terrance Madujith stated that the executive committee of FUTA will convene on the 13th of this month and will discuss the next steps to be taken regarding this.

President Mahinda Rajapakse assured in his Budget speech while proposing that government education expenditure for 2013 be increased by 15% in comparison to 2012.

The President proposed that 306 billion rupees be allocated for the Education sector which amounts to around 4.1% of the GDP.

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