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CTSU opposed to SP’s longer school hours

The Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) has opposed the decision taken by the Southern Provincial Council to extend school hours by one hour to cover academic activities which were affected by the Easter Sunday bomb blasts.

Consequent to this decision, it has been proposed to extend school hours in the Southern Province till 2.30 pm for a period of two weeks from July 1 to July 15.

However, CTSU sources said that it is needless to extend school hours by one hour since extra classes are already being held in the morning and afternoon to cover the syllabus.

Moreover, students may face several difficulties when travelling home after school, since this decision is not applicable for all schools, as for example, National schools, which will close at 1.30 pm as usual. School buses and vans leave around 1.30 pm as usual.

Meanwhile the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) accused the Education Ministry of trying to recruit 510 Physical Training Instructors on political basis. According to CTU General Secretary Joseph Stalin, there is no job title as ‘Physical Training Instructor’ in the school staff cadre and therefore appointing such instructors would be illegal. However, it has been revealed that 510 persons have been appointed as Physical Training Instructors.

Stalin claimed that UNP supporters are receiving these appointments.

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