PM confident of finding a solution to the problems of teachers and principals next Tuesday
Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 08:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 28, Colombo: The final decision on the teacher-principal salary anomaly issue and the transformation of the teacher-principal service into a closed service will be taken after the Cabinet meeting next Tuesday, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said at Temple Trees yesterday (27).
The Prime Minister said this at a meeting with representatives of the Teachers’ and Principals’ trade unions on making the Teacher-Principal Service a closed service and eliminating salary anomalies.
Accordingly, the Prime Minister instructed the striking Teachers’ and Principals’ Trade Unions to be ready to work from next Monday.
The trade union representatives pointed out that despite the fact that the teacher-principal salary anomaly has existed for 24 years, a just solution has not yet been found.
The union representatives said they have a clear understanding of the current economic crisis in the country and do not expect the government to increase the salaries but urged the government to take an immediate policy decision to reduce the salary gap according to the Subodhani report.
“I have a clear understanding of teacher-principal salary inequality. As a government, we acknowledge the need to reduce wage inequality. But you are well aware that with the current situation in the country and the global situation, the country’s economy is at a very low level and the government is not able to raise wages very quickly. The Minister of Education presented a Cabinet paper on your issues to the Cabinet last Monday. I represent teachers and principals in the cabinet. We are ready to solve this problem,” the Prime Minister said.
However, the Prime Minister pointed out that a decision on the payment of salaries should be taken in consultation with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.
Pointing out that various leaflets were circulating on social media, the union representatives said that the unions agreed with the Subodhani report on the pay disparity and did not know whether its contents had been included in the cabinet paper.
Responding to this, Minister of Education Prof. GL Peiris said that the Cabinet paper has been submitted based on the Supreme Court decisions regarding the salary anomalies of teachers and principals, the Cabinet decisions approved by the Cabinet as well as the Subodhani report.
The purpose of making the Teacher Principals’ Service a closed service is to reduce the salary inequality of teachers and principals without affecting the salary scales of other public services, Susil Premajayantha, State Minister of Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Education said.
He added that the Cabinet paper submitted to the Cabinet to make the Teachers’-Principals’ Service a closed service has already been approved.