Teachers protest against army occupation in Northeast

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 March 2003, 11:50 GMT]
Tamil and Muslim Teachers in Northeast organized a symbolic strike by calling in sick demanding the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) vacate the schools, places of worship, private residences and public buildings which have been converted to SLA camps, sources in Batticaloa said.

Students had to return home due to absence of teachers.

Calling the Government of Sri Lanka to attend to their demands, hundreds of teachers marched from Batticaloa Hindu College grounds to Gandhi square this morning, sources said.

CTTUB

After the public meeting at Gandhi square, Batticaloa district head of the Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU), S. Tharmarajan, handed over a memorandum to Additional Government Agent, V. Shanmugam and to Additional Education Commissioner, T. Ponnambalam to be given to Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The Memorandum, earlier issued to the press by CTTU president T. Mahasivam contained 31 demands, sources said.

CTTUB5"Government should ask the security forces to leave schools, temples, private and public builds immediately as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Palali Teacher Training center and other schools which are currently closed as they fall within the High Security Zones (HSZ) should be immediately reopened facilitating progress in education in Northeast. Students are psychologically impacted by the camps located in populated areas as they face harassment from the soldiers. These camps have to be immediately removed," said the memorandum.

The memorandum further outlined other woes of Northeast teachers and demanded that they be immediately addressed. "At least one thousand volunteer teachers in the Northeast should be immediately made permanent. Compensation for flood damage promised to the teachers by the Government of SriLanka should be paid immediately," added the memorandum.

Memorandum further said,"Sinhalization of Tamil schools by appointment of Sinhala principals to Tamil schools must be immediately stopped. Inordinate delays in granting promotions to Tamil teachers should be avoided and promotion review carried out regularly on a yearly basis to avoid teacher frustrations."

Meanwhile, the protest fast being carried out by the Batticaloa-Amparai volunteer teachers entered its ninth day. The president of volunteer teachers union, A. Amirthalingam, said that the fast will continue until their demands are met.


CTTUB2

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.06.18 13:20   Photo
Colombo's TID wants to interrogate Tamil journalist from Batticaloa
21.06.18 16:24   Photo
Jaffna Tamil fishers mobilise against southern poaching, expose conduct of SL police
20.06.18 11:52  
Wigneswaran's secretary accuses SL Presidential Secretariat of dodging land release in North
19.06.18 18:33   Photo
SL military stationed in 6,275 acres of public and private lands in Vaakarai, Batticaloa
18.06.18 23:05  
Occupying SL Police in Jaffna again blamed for dodging action on criminal policemen
17.06.18 23:51   Photo
SL policemen fire to kill Tamil man at Church premises in Mallaakam, Jaffna
16.06.18 20:31  
US naval, seismic partnerships with genocidal Sri Lanka bring miseries to Eezham Tamils in Trincomalee
15.06.18 21:07   Photo
Swiss ruling, a precedent-setting victory for Right of Self-Determination oriented freedom fighters
14.06.18 20:03  
Only an international investigation would establish truth on enforced disappeared
13.06.18 22:37   Photo
Colombo schemes Sinhala military-led industrialisation of KKS exploiting geopolitics
12.06.18 19:49   Photo
Mannaar mass grave could be from early 1990s, shocking details emerge
11.06.18 14:38  
Sirisena yet to revoke Gazette notification of Colombo's seizure of Champoor lands
10.06.18 19:14  
Tamil families caught in dilemma of transferring lands in Seruvila, Trincomalee
09.06.18 19:04  
SL military attempts to rout out Tamil shop owners in Ampaa'rai village
08.06.18 18:17  
131 Sinhala Buddhist installations crop up in North after 2009: NPC
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=8512