NE volunteer teachers to continue sit-in protest
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 March 2003, 18:49 GMT]
The sit-in-protest by several hundred Tamil medium volunteer teachers from
the districts of Batticaloa and Amparai in front of the provincial
education ministry in Trincomalee continued for the third day on Wednesday.
The Batticaloa-Amparai Districts Volunteer Teachers' Association
launched this campaign Monday demanding that they should be granted
permanent appointment as approved by the previous government.
Parliamentarian Mr.Sampanthan meets protesting volunteer teachers, Wednesday evening.
Trincomalee district parliamentarian, Mr.R.Sampanthan, and National list
parliamentarian, Mr.K.Thurairetnasingham, visited the protesting volunteer
teachers and told them that they contacted the Treasury Secretary
Mr.Charita Ratwatte over the telephone Wednesday and explained the
Mr.Sampanthan further said he had sent a copy of the letter faxed to the
Prime Minister to the Treasury Secretary at the latter's request for
"There is no place for second thought in granting permanent appointment to
North-East volunteer teachers as the Cabinet of the previous regime had
approved it," Mr.Sampanthan told the volunteer teachers.
A representative of the Batticaloa -Ampara District Volunteer Teacher
Federation told the visiting parliamentarians that the teachers had decided
continue the sit-in-protest until they received permanent appointment