Sept 17, Colombo: Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara said the teachers who do not participate in the strike and teach online have been reported to have received death threats from the teachers who lead the strike.
Weerasekara said teachers of several government schools met him and informed about the threats and added that those who make such threats would be given maximum punishment under the Penal Code.
The Minister pointed out that most of the teachers are participating in the strike not voluntarily but under the pressure of other persons and that there are a majority of important teachers who love their children.
He also called on teachers who were not involved in the strike to lodge complaints on 118 or 119 hotline numbers.
Noting that term tests have not been held yet for the students who will sit for the Grade 5 scholarship, GCE Advanced Level and GCE Ordinary Level examinations and the results of the 2020 GCE Ordinary Level examination could not be released yet as the practical tests in the subject of aesthetics were not being conducted due to the teachers’ strike, the Minister appealed to the teachers not to darken the future of the children.