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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Students protest supporting University Lecturers-Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan University Students are protesting near University Grants Commission (UGC) colombo. At the moment Heavy traffic is reported several roads in Capital Colombo.Students are protesting as a support for FUTA strike and students are urging the government to resolved University teachers’ problem soon and start the academic activities.

In Sri Lanka there are protests and boycotts by both academics(FUTA) and students calling on the government to work for resolve the issues faced by lecturers. In some cases, police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse protestors. But the demands of academics have not yet been met and their strike is still on.

The union FUTA is demanding that the government allocate 6% of Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product to education, grants universities independence from political interference, and increases lecturer salaries by 20%.

Academics launched their strike on 4 July, paralysing higher education institutions, suspending the academic activities of around 70,000 undergraduate students and affecting examinations.