30 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/22/2012
SRI LANKA
Professors and students take to the streets after authorities shut down country's universities
by Melani Manel Perera
Medical faculties remain open, but the government wants to end the two-month long professors' strike. Teachers want better salaries and more money for education. A mass demonstration is planned for tomorrow.

Colombo (AsiaNews) - The government of Sri Lanka yesterday ordered the closure of all of the country's universities, except medical faculties. It took the step in response to a two-month long strike by professors. For the authorities, such action is jeopardising students' future. For the Federation of University Teachers' Association (FUTA), the decision by politicians is "stupid and unjust" and will have as a consequence the destruction of the country's educational sector. The Federation announced a mass demonstration in opposition to the closure tomorrow in Colombo.

FUTA wants the government to invest 6 per cent of GDP in education, raise teachers' salaries and ensure universities' independence from any political interference. Its strike began on 4 July. Since then, all activities on university campuses have stopped.

Last evening, members of FUTA, religious leaders met at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) in order to discuss for the public awereness.

"The educational system is going through a profound crisis," said the Venerable Shobitha Thero, a Buddhist monk. "What economic aid universities receive is inadequate. This has led to the underfunding of the system. So far, 20 university professors have had to leave the country."

According to Sanjeewa Bandara, a student union leader, "This problem should trouble the entire population because the crisis disproportionately affects young people, who are our future, and the entire educational system."

"We should fight together and be committed to the rights FUTA demands," he added, "so that our children can have a free education."

"Between 2005 and 2020, the government closed 355 schools, forcing students to move to cities and spend a lot more for their education," he explained. "This government is undermining the value of education, trying to turn it into a consumer good."


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
09/24/2012 SRI LANKA
A four-day march to revitalise universities
by Melani Manel Perera
09/21/2006 SRI LANKA
Catholic Church alarmed country might fall "into a state of anarchy"
05/10/2010 VIETNAM
Abuse and violence becoming new ideals for young Vietnamese
by Nguyen Hung
07/06/2012 SRI LANKA
Christians defend Buddhist professor after he receives death threats
by Melani Manel Perera
04/28/2010 NEPAL
Maoists threaten an all-out protest as private schools are closed
by Kalpit Parajuli

Editor's choices
ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.