Thursday, January 12, 2012

Private University Act name changed. Academics given a bone

Sri Lanka Ministry of Higher Education said in a statement that the circular in relation of rectifying the salary anomalies of the university academic and non-academic staff would be sent to the Vice Chancellors tomorrow.

The media spokesman of the Federation of University Teachers' Associations (FUTA) Dr. Mahim Mendis yesterday said that the token strike scheduled on January 17 would be held without change.

The FUTA says that the government should have discussed with the public before the proposed act in relation to higher education would be brought in parliament. Therefore, the the second reason for the strike of the university teachers remain despite the salary anomalies are rectified, as said by the Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education says that the proposed act is not the Private University Act as named by certain sections but an Act on Safeguarding Standards and Qualifications Framework. The Secretary to the Ministry Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navarathna states that since for more than 15 years Non Governmental Organisations have been involved in the process of issuing Degrees, Post Graduate Degrees, Diplomas and other Certificates, this Act is being brought in order to establish the legal framework and regulations that are necessary for this process.

Government is playing a trump. A bone is thrown to the academics. Will they be busy licking it as the government will proceed with the name changed Private University Act?

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