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Last updated: 12 September, 2007 - Published 18:19 GMT
 
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Boycotting teachers 'threatened'
 
Sri Lanka Police against a protest (Library photo: by Elmo Fernando)
Teachers trade unions say police are after teachers boycotting marking A/L exam papers

Teachers' trade unions in Sri Lanka accused authorities of intimidating teachers who are boycotting marking A/L exam papers.

Lanka Teachers' Association (LTA) said the authorities are using police to intimidate teachers after the talks between the authorities and trade unions collapsed on Wednesday.

The teachers have been boycotting marking A/L exam papers for nearly 20 days urging the authorities to rectify their pay anomalies.

Pay anomalies

LTA General Secretary Joseph Stalin told BBC Sandeshaya that police officials around the island are intimidating the teachers after the talks ended with no agreement.

 Many teachers were ordered to report to the police
 
LTA General Secretary Joseph Stalin

"The police officials are visiting teacher's residents asking whether they are prepared to mark the papers," he said.

He said the police action is amounted to threatening.

"Many teachers were ordered to report to the police," Joseph Stalin told BBCSinhala.com.

The teachers unions are planning to stage the walk out on Thursday as the financial authorities refused to amend the pay circular as agreed with the education ministry, he added.

 
 
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