Sept 29, Colombo: Deputy Higher Education Minister of Sri Lanka Nandimithra Ekanayake says the striking university lecturers of the Federation of University Teachers' Association (FUTA) were acting on their personal political agendas.
He has told the media that the FUTA was heavily politicized.
Ekanayake has noted that there were legislators who could raise the issue of budgetary allocation to the education sector in parliament.
According to Ekanayake, the FUTA's demand for the allocation of 6 percent of the GDP for the education sector does not warrant trade union action.
However, he has also noted that the infrastructure in universities is being developed and that large amounts of monies were annually allocated to the education sector.
He has added that most often unutilized funds allocated to the universities are returned to the government.