Talks with teachers, unsuccessful

The discussion held today (20) between the Education minister and teachers’ trade unions has ended unsuccessfully, General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union – Mahinda Jayasinghe said.

Thereforre, a trade union action currently underway to strike online teaching will continue with a protest to be held on Thursday (22).

Although the minister has pledged to make suggestion during next week’s cabinet meeting (July 26) to resolve issues faced by teachers, Mr. Jayasinghe had stated they are not prepared to halt their TU action until they are offered a solid resolution.

Meanwhile, Prof. Peiris has said that they hope to re-open schools by the end of August.

He has added that 63% of teachers islandwide and 97% of teachers in Western Province have now been vaccinated.