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* Teacher trade union in Sri Lankan to commence struggle against delay in teacher promotions
Mon, Jan 6, 2014, 11:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 06, Colombo: A trade union affiliated to Sri Lanka's education sector will commence a struggle against the delay in granting promotions to teachers.

The Ceylon Teachers' Services Union (CTSU) says that thousands of teachers are yet to receive their due promotions and the education authorities have failed to address the issue.

General Secretary of the CTSU, Mahinda Jayasinghe told a news conference that approximately 70,000 qualified teachers are waiting to receive their promotions.

He said the government had not granted promotions to teachers since 2011 even after the teachers had received the necessary qualifications for promotions.

He added that the teachers' salaries have also not been increased as it should.

"Even the salary anomalies of teachers and principals have not been addressed since 1997 and approximately Rs 6.7 billion is now needed to settle the salary anomalies," Jayasinghe said.

He noted that the CTSU is to commence a poster campaign followed by protests to win their demands.

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