July 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake the report on a solution to the issue of student admissions to the universities will be handed over to the president today.
Minister Dissanayake has said the President will receive the report on increasing the number of student admissions to the universities as a solution to the last year's GCE Advanced Level examination Z-scores issue.
According to the Minister, students who already took the national exam three times and lost admissions by the recalculation of the Z-scores will get a fourth chance to take the exam and qualify to gain admissions to the universities.
Addressing the media personnel at a meeting today, the President said the report would propose a solution to the current crisis and it would be decided based on the number of students affected by the recalculation of Z- scores.
Speaking of the university teachers' issues, President Rajapaksa said he was looking for a solution which will be a 'win-win situation' for both parties.
Participating in a radio program at the state-run radio, the Higher Education Minister has said that following a discussion with the President and the Treasury, salary of a senior lecturer has been increased by 83 percent while a novice lecturer's salary has been increased by 39 percent.
The fee for scrutinizing answer scripts has been increased 5 fold and the allowance for the visiting lecturers has been increased by 300 percent, the Minister has pointed out.
He has therefore, urged the university lecturers to immediately report for work and find solutions for their problems through negotiations.