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FUTA Struggle: 100 Days Through The Vision Of Cartoonists

By A members of FUTA, University of Peradeniya

Background

The federation of university teachers association in Sri Lanka – FUTA – is on a trade union (TU) action. The concerns raised by FUTA include funding for education, university autonomy, stoppage of politicization, recruiting and retaining qualified university teachers etc. etc., which could be found among relevant reading by now. The trade union action, which started on 4th July 2012, is nearing 100 days.

One general observation during the time is that, while certain government officials – including ministers (NOT from higher education sector though) and officials from treasury – are making a genuine effort to solve the issues amicably, the higher education authorities and their allies are making an unprecedented effort to disrupt, discredit and derail the process. This is being done by way of filing fundamental right court cases by instigated students, giving undue publicity against FUTA TU action using less qualified political henchmen from university staff, who are willing to brand the FUTA struggle as anti-government, anti-Buddhist, pro-terrorists etc, to obtain personal benefits.

In fact, the use of few politicized academics with weak professional background has become a concern among so called qualified politicized academics, who have already reaped the benefits of being political-paws, such as being appointed as vice chancellors or members of UGC (see http://srilanka-academics.com/). Most of these pro-government, politicized academics appeared on state TV to denounce FUTA action, citing false statistics; some even went to the length of personal attack on the FUTA leadership figures. The master mind behind the government suppression of TU action – one dean of Kelaniya University with extended service – is hell bent on playing the trump of Sinhala patriotism and international conspiracies of Tamil diasporas to mislead the masses.

Certain local news papers with a balanced view of the matter published meaningful articles, as well hilarious but meaningful cartoons covering various aspects of the TU action. Since a picture could tell 1000 worlds, this article depicts the developments of FUTA trade union action in the light of the responses from the authorities using few selected cartoons appeared in local papers.
The Cartoon story

 

The story starts a couple of years back, when a person with intelligence less than that of a donkey was entrusted with the responsibility of running the higher education sector in the paradise. No sooner, the education system was derailed with shoddy reforms, and the main stake holder is being lead nowhere by the authorities responsible for education in the paradise.

During the trade union action by FUTA, allocation of state funding for education was highlighted and discussed at length in the media. Over the years, the trend of state spending on education converge to a seemingly situation, as if, the students are being speared downed in very near future if the present trend continues.

Limitless shameless behavior and responses of the authorities to suppress the TU nearing 100 days is amply displayed in media. On one hand the minister did his best, through 100% misuse of state controlled media, to make a mockery of the academics in a very deplorable manner, to show the masses that TU action is a hoax.

On the other hand, over a period of few years, did his best to destroy the higher education system by appointing political stooges in to administration position. With the appointment of political stooges as vice chancellors, deputy vice chancellors, registrars etc), what is becoming of the state university system and the future of providing education in the paradise are serious concerns the masses have.

With all sorts of intimidation (to academics) on state/private TV channels, radio and printed media, the authorities came up with another plaster remedy, a cabinet note (NOT a cabinet paper), which allegedly has the solutions to the demands, however, the cartoonist saw it in a different, but in a more realistic way.

Lukewarm attitude of the authorities have granted two worms destroy the whole education system in the country, which used to be rich and commendable. Now, the children, i.e. future of the paradise, go through a process similar to an automated production line; the primary education inflict some degree of damage to innocent students, and pass on to the university, to inflict the rest of long lasting damage.

With little indication on solving, with deliberate delaying of discussions, FUTA organized two events; a massive awareness rally in Kandy and a 115 km, 5 days, walk from Galle to Colombo. These events, were successful in achieving FUTA’s objectives, and also were good opportunities for leftist as well as the opposition parties to gain some political mileage; but with very little success.

Once the walk from Galle to Colombo was in progress, the authorities brought another ally to lie for them; few university teachers (with questionable academic records) identifying themselves as ‘patriotic university teachers’. They they did try to tarnish the confidence and support FUTA won through the awareness activities, yet they met with due responses from the masses.

While much debate is taking place with regard issues of education, the masses seem to take it in right context and understand the tactics being used by the authorities as in above two cartoons. FUTA is now gaining supports for other professional bodies.

So far, this is how the story unfolds. Now, the academics are with little hope that the authorities would take firm steps to avoid further deterioration of the education system in the long run, even if some of the demands are met and FUTA goes back to work. The slumber of highest authority is nearing 100 days with little indication of a genuine effort to resolve the national issues raised, but the politicization of education is most likely to continue.

Sources

‘Ada’ paper, cartoons, on line version (Sinhala), July – Oct, 2012
‘Lakbima’ paper, cartoons, on line version (Sinhala), July – Oct, 2012
Daily mirror – cartoons, on line version (English), July – Oct, 2012

Face book pages (available in open domain) of the cartoonist associated with the above papers and other cartoon blog sites on public domain that discuss local issues/cartoons.

The cartoons, which are available in public domain, are used in this article for the sole purpose of illustration, absolutely with no intent or attempt of copyright violations in any form. Absolutely no intentional disrespect is conveyed for any of the depicted individuals in the cartoons.

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    Ecellent.But some of the pandiths in our soceity cannot understand how the free education has been destroyed by the Goverment. It is very sad that persond who called them as Patroits Desapremy are on hell bent to privatise the education service and live on dollars receive from IMF and other NGO

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      This time round the FUTA were not lead by a**e kissers.

      Takes guts to stand up to ‘patriot’ terrorism.

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    In my opinion,we cannot be too apologetic about FUTA Trade union and Free education Role.We cannot gurantee either in the past,or in the present or in future the FUTA working on interest of Country young generation asprtation? We cannot be too forthcoming in terms of what FUTA will do for the Country and its education?
    Is FUTA has undertaken democratic task on behalf of people of Sri lanka? Absoult NOT.
    Because I think we have to say that,well who does FUTA THREATEN?
    I think FUTA is working on political motivated agenda of defeted social groupe and political class has been represtantaive are behind by leadership of FUTA?
    FUTA who would you rather have playing this role on befalf of invicable deying social forces who had been undermine country soverignty by WAR POLITICS LAST 30 YEARS OF TERRROISM?
    FUTA agenda is beyond its demands.

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    Maitripala Sirisena suffers the jitters now that the talk is he might be the new Minister of Education in the upcoming Cabinet Re-shuffle. It is well known Sirisena is one of the few senior Cabinet Ministers to now and then take exception to some of President Rajapakse’s orders and directives. The Rajapakses have no apetite for any challenges to them, however, minor. Sirisena’s ambitions to be PM is being checked with the story floated former PM Ratnasiri Wickramanayake may be brought in to check the “fight” for the PM’s mantle between Sirisena, Siripala de Silva and a Rajapakse sibling. Cabinet Ministers fear being appointed Education Minister – that can be the graveyard of political aspirations to those on the upward curve.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan, believe me this bugger MR is speculating of a Cabinet Reshuffle, every now and then, just to keep the brood together. He will be in a dilema when PM DMJ kick the bucket soon. That would be the begining of the end of MR.

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    Now that LTTE is drowned and Eelam has become like a pie in the sky, those that aspire for Eelam have become patriots. But that’s only another trick.

    We’ve noticed it first when Eelamists joined the most unlikely coalition in history to topple Rajapakse government and pave way for a new road-map to Eelam. Then they waved the lion flag with the opposition leader to gain acceptability. Since all their past action have failed, they look forward to jump in to any bandwagon to knockout Rajapakses. So they joined FUTA in the guise of taking the country forward.

    But like at the last Presidential elections the public knows that FUTA is backed by a dirty coalition of NGOs, INGOs, separatists, failed politicians with one aim. ‘That is; the regime change.’ But so long as Rajapakses hang on to Mahinda Chintana they can be rest assured a long haul flight.
    Leela

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      Hope springs eternal in the minds of the Naive. So good luck for wishful thinking. Keep on dreaming of Mahinda Chinthanaya to deliver and the awakening is not too far away. Some learn through mistakes while others never do.

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        gamini,
        Those that said war is winnable or tried to scuttle it by various means now say; war had ended but there is no development.

        They do not see that ordinary folks have improved their living standard tremendously since. I live in village. So I have seen a huge increase in motor bikes and three wheelers parked at ordinary houses during the last few years. And that’s only one example. I have often gone back in my memory lane prior to 2005 and compared the difference. Have you ever done it? I bet you haven’t. But ordinary village folks not just know it, they feel it.

        That’s why hypocritical Pertugamis, JVP and their lot were decimated at the last elections. Present leadership, I mean Amila, Devsiri and et al misguided FUTA and taken it furthest from a genuine trade union now. It has become a tool for Pertugamis just like that Inter university students union. One need not be a genius to understand that there is no public approval or sympathy for FUTA or its extremist and radical leaders.
        Leela

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          Leela – pls don’t be another Rubert Vanderkoon – see the reply to him below, today, –

          if you can measure the development by number of three wheelers and bicycles in a village, fantastic, let us get more of those and make a mess on the road. Sorry to see such narrow mindedness on this forum.

          No offence, but how about the number of cows that could give some milk and fertilizer, number of tractors/ land-masters that could help in agriculture, number of farmers (increased ?), wouldn’t it be a better way to develop the country ? And , how about number of improved schools in villages….the list can go on, but I hope you could get the picture, understand how could we really become developed, without depending on other countries for everything like we do now. Developing agriculture industry is the most noble way to increase productivity, and create jobs, that lead to development – do we have anything else other than sending our women folks to middle east to earn dollars ?

          You sound like an ITN fan who easily buy the cheap crap, never mind, British people say – some people never grow up, it is damn true for some of our people.

          Now tell me – Do you think Nirmal could fool 4000+ university teachers, all the school teachers for a long 100 days to do international conspiracy to topple govt, very unlikely, Then how many terrorists, JVPers, UNPers are within the govt now ??, even one chief LTTEer is advisory to the govt. You must be living in a wonderful paradise… good luck

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          Philip H,
          I am no economists. But one need not be an economist to understand huge increase of motor bikes and three wheelers in villages means an average villager has extra money in his hand to spend on non-essentials than before. And that means; today’s villagers have become a contributing factor of our GDP. I hope you are not jealous of them.

          I agree with you that number of cows etc you mentioned must be increased. Needless to say; government subsidies for agriculture must be increased. But how could that be done, if the government has to make three fold increase for education.

          Since you mentioned what British people say, let me tell you that there is no free university education there now. That was when we were there in the sixties when most universities of today were collage of technologies. Today, both the rich and the poor will have to pay for it in Britain. The poor may borrow from banks. But, once gainfully employed, he will have to pay it all back. The employer will deduct it by installments and pay it directly to the bank.

          I am not suggesting we should follow Britain to the letter. But certainly the government cannot afford to continue to expand the present system of free for all.

          Another point, do you know why most village schools are closing down? That’s because most parent somehow want to send their children to schools in towns. I gather, they feel small otherwise. I often how they could afford to do that; only to find out they have extra money in their hand.

          Devasiri, I do not know about him; but I know enough about Amila for his parental home is only few kilometers away from mine. So I have no problem gauging their motives.
          Leela

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          Pls see the first comment under this article, that serves best for you

          I am not sure I should say sad, but not surprised to see another among who are little short of growing up by seeing what goes around.

          Three folds for education is much better for a war torn country than the enormous budget for security – the main threat for the country right now is not from outside, but blind one from inside

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          Leela,
          I do not understand where you got your data to make the statement

          “One need not be a genius to understand that there is no public approval or sympathy for FUTA or its extremist and radical leaders.”

          Though not a sample that is representative of the whole population of Sri Lanka, the poll instituted by Lankadeepa (Sinhala) (http://www.lankadeepa.lk) indicates that about 70% think the FUTA struggle is “reasonable” (Sadharanai).

          What I observed during long walks also indicated that people support FUTA.

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          Paba,
          You said, “What I observed during long walks also indicated that people support FUTA.” I say; if that is the case, those political parties that sponsored you should have won the last election.

          Philip H,
          I take, ‘threat is not from outside’ means threat is not from the so-called diaspora. But even the blind see that a threat from LTTE remnants is real, and most believe, we have to nip it at the bud this time around.

          So your desire to increase education by cutting down security and defense would not materialize.
          Leela

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          I have a 3 wheeler and a motorbike but i cannot afford to pump gasoline to my vehicles.
          can any body give a helping hand.
          P S I did not pay financed fees to finance co for 4 months. will they take this three wheeler with out giving me any compensations

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          Leela, as a measure of development you state the number of motor bikes and three wheelers have increased in the villagers. Yes thanks to the Open Economy today, people are in a position to buy such, compared to the period prior, where in order to buy a spare tyre for a push bicycle one had to produce the old one. Yes many people had bought through finance facilities and if you know how many have lost their possessions unable to pay the Finances you will be surprised. It is no secret that many who can afford today to purchase such, have a family member toiling away in the Middle East and not through any savings from earnings here alone. Judging from you, living in a village having a Computer to mislead, is another fib of your imagination that the rest can afford these luxuries. For your information the only ones that are doing alright today are those who are connected to the system and not any of those wage earners. Why don’t you honestly go to a village and speak to the villagers and see for yourself the sufferings they are undergoing. See whether you can find many speaking in favour of this government. The funny thing is even when the voter turn out at Elections are very much less and you can not find many who support the MR govt. at the end of the day the results are otherwise which you harp on. Good for you and your ilk!

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          Leela further it is ironic as you and your Socialist minded Leaders whose hearts bled for the Poor in this country who are in power now, were the very lot who very vociferously shouted against the Open Economy. There was an era prior to ’77 nothing of these were available to the Poor. They were all enjoyed by the Rich and the rest obtaining them were banned. The poor could not buy any of these things which were banned and had to be satisfied with veevil infested bread after getting a loaf for hours in a queue, and a mere carbon pen was a luxury. Telecommunication was so limited, that Kandy to Colombo was a trunk call. Only the affluent and Politically connected had Telephones. People had not seen a fax machine or a photo copy machine. Leave Computers and IT knowledge out. Today you come before the readership and proclaim the very facilities that were denied to the masses, which was made possible for them to own after ’77 as the measure to gauge development. How uncouth and shameless you are?

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          gamini
          As I said before, I live in a village and often visit traders in the vicinity to sell my produce (rubber and coconut) and to buy my day to day need. I also visit Horana village fair more or less once a week which is more than ten km away. At both places, I do talk not just associates but very many unknown persons. So, I am not talking from top of my hat but with a sensitive touch at the ground level.

          Where I live, computer, motor bike, three-wheeler etc and etc are not luxuries any longer. Sure, most of them pay for it monthly. But those who are hard working, intelligent and thrifty, could save and pay for them in one go. I too started life that way in England after the University. People have more and more opportunities to earn in Sri Lanka today than in the past.

          Labour is in absolute demand at various private utilities and factories here. Permanent sign boards are at display for vacancies even at small businesses. Shortage for labour is so much, large factories around here import labour from faraway places. And some enterprising people even at my village ceased that opportunity to setup boarding houses and earn good money.

          I agree that none of those voted against Rajapakse at the Presidential election are backing him even today. I have very many friends among them too. They present their illogical arguments at every dana and pirith house. Likewise, I have not come across any Rajapakse voter who forsaken him either; at least, not yet.

          Recently, I have visited Hungama and stayed with an ordinary village family for five days. Before that I visited Talawa. The situation at both places is exactly the same. You and your elk can yell as much as you like, but take it from me, Rajapakse will remain at the top for a foreseeable future. And I think that’s good for Sri Lanka in spite of his many a short coming for we want a stable and peaceful Sri Lanka.
          Leela

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          Just thought of giving you an example from the village where I live.

          There is a guy who leased 3 buses, new TATA, because it looks a good business when the university runs normally, as there is a considerable number of student passengers ..

          However, for the last three months, the buses are not running, parked along the road, why…, no point running the buses, and the biggest issues the owner (of buses) facing is how to pay the lease, with no income generating as expected …

          The situation is worst with three wheel owners around the campus, most of them have loans and leases ?

          So, wouldn’t it be better to invest on something with some stability, that was my point – which is met with Leela’s sarcasm

          Is this the village development Leela refers to ??

          What Sri Lanka need is good policies and involvement of people .., Alas, now it is one man show, if you like it, you are ok, if not you are doomed.

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          Leela, I know there are a few like yourself who are living on Sterling Pensions when converted, you could live with the money in rupees, you need to live one month in the UK, for six months here in this country. Therefore current cost of living is not an issue for your ilk. I do not think you have met the real villagers who have children to educate and look after their needs are having an easy life as you believe. See the number of three wheelers that idle, parked and waiting for hires. Talk to them and see whether their incomes have gone up. They barely manage with the limited hires as the majority customers cannot afford who used to hire earlier. If you think that MR is that popular and the people are having an easy time, Wake up, I am sure you are asleep and dreaming. Please keep in touch with CT that you can be contacted when reality hits this society, for you to understand the Powder Keg you are sitting on.

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          Leela,
          You said

          You said, “What I observed during long walks also indicated that people support FUTA.” I say; if that is the case, those political parties that sponsored you should have won the last election.

          I would say that your observation (of loosing elections by political parties) indicates that the public support to FUTA does not necessarily mean support for political parties who got into the long march. Your observation debunks the political conspiracy theory of the government.

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          rEALLY sad to see that Leelawathie seem to be seeing only the tiny little percentage of lankens who look as if they are doing well.I have also met women of this kind in Europe, who accused me of – whether I am sinhalaya… just because I denied the way that current regi handles even alarming issues LIKE going against every means – but continue repeated palatable answers using deceitful sinhala RHETORIC.

          And she seems to be making her judements just looking at the rapid development of information technology and just road developments like the southern express way. Rapid development in IT areas are seen in poorest of the poor in the world – which is Ithiopia. And road developments project were set long before the rajapakshe came to power.ADB banks and other banks were ready to fund those projects because former govts F policy was not successful. Numbers of coutries donated to lanka collosal amount of funds. Embesszelment of them were an other story, but today, only China is supporting but – on long term that will definitely create high inflation rates. Further to this this Leelawathie and her ilk of people have for sure got short memories just forgetting how Rajapakshe got reelected. It was the most corrupted election that Srilanka ever had. This was made clear by former EC himself. And ones who observed his mimiks in his few talks given to the nation made more than clear that he was under threat in term of manipulation of the election results. No doubt there are large numbers among the village folks in SL who voted for Rajapakse, but no means he could win the elecitons if there were no abuses. Fup discussions went under the carpet – as it is usual to all kind of investigations carried out by MR regime – but could have gone to streets protesting the results, but ours have been a made folk – that seem to have NO guts at all. Even if their lovely ones are assualted by day light, they would not react.. that is nature of today folks in sl – thanks go to hell like administration geared by MR and thugs.

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          To make some corrections of my last comments –
          It should be former govts FP was successful.

          Sorry, I lost my concentration, being that fed up seeing what this Leela has droped here. Ones of her ilk are mad and no therapies can help further AND do help help extend the terms of current unlawful governance.

          All these few months I have also been following lanken Radio programs and there I could know some feelings passed by villagers. Many of them are fed up of today^s governance. And they wonder how the LANKEN KIND OF Mugabe was reelected. So all these further prove the large abuse of the election results in 2010.

          Today govt supporters attack JSC secreataries. But the voices of lawyers remain mum. Average People dont care – even if their lovely ones are abducted or killed. This is the nature that the rulers have made in the nation today. How can younger generations dream of their future – while seeing every criminal is being openly sponsored by MR himself – the most known example is Duminda silva – all except entire lanken and others know he was the murderer – but what does MR say ? Nothing.

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          Hi Leela,
          U dont need to compare it ALWAYS with that of British. Our people have always being like that.. if an English hooligan would stand up while peeing up infront of a school, our guys are ready just follow it.. for it came from the UK…. :(

          Why not compare it with other countries in Europe for example – Germany. Being the powerful economy in the Europe – is still able to provide their children free education. Until a few years ago only, they introduce part of the unis should collect at least some 500 euro /6months. As far as I am concerned even after that, there are some states where they cancelled it now – e.g Rhineland palantine. Please check all these before trying to drop evasive comments – as a granny just would react – Germanys school education is totally on free. It is the same with the university education too. Depending on the regional govts their standards they maintain are high or low. I have no idea about France, for sure, not lankens are the only ones who provide so called – FREE education.

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    Thanks to curtailing the opportunity of producing graduates through the private universities in our country all over the world Indians are getting better positions & better salaries than our employees although our employees are a better lot in efficiency & work ethics. We like frogs in the well talking only about the fee education where only a limited number of students get the access to universities. This jealousy should be over or else we will suffer for ever. I dont understand why people can not understand this. Rich people will send their children to foreign universities & see who is going to suffer,. The middle class of Sri Lanka

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    The article epitomises the mentality of FUTA, its leadership and its membership. Instead of writing an educational, useful and thought provoking piece, they go for the plagiaristic easy job: the highly educated, well paid but non-creative lot who are on strike demanding more public cash in their pocket, summarises tabloid cartoons, quite possibly created by under-educated, poorly paid but creative artists who have to work hard to earn a pittance. What an irony! If an academic of another country published the main cartoon in the articles, he/she would be so embarrassed to hide his/her head in shame. Everything about this FUTA fight is disingenuous. They pretend to have sacrificed their salary of several months for apparently an amazing project to ressurect education(or what we call it, more money in my bank project)but the membership talks about how they will get the arrears paid once they are back at work. It is time trade unions and student unions are dissolved for good. Last week the old man Tampo handed over half a million rupees to FUTA to cause more chaos in the country. Tampo should know that he collected this money from poor garment workers who have no job security, no good salary, and no maternity leave let alone sabbatical or any other facility. If they strike, they would not only lose their jobs but life as well. FUTA is deceiving everybody but will have to face up to reality one day, when the public realises the truth.

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      Whoever you are, we have seen how you try to lash out FUTA in all possible places on the internet. So, this is another one of those of yours.

      Many have inquired in replies to you, if you are govt dummy, more likely, I would say you represent Arsenic group – that would be a much better identification tag for you – the group who wash all dirty linen of the govt, perhaps you are handsomely paid for it.

      Most of the silent academics, who didn’t come to TV to adore the govt, do research – but remember this is Sri Lanka – not Autralia, US or UK. Our system is heavily understaffed, and in science streams we have problems of retaining good graduates to recruit in to the staff – recruitment and retaining is one issue FUTA raised. If you must know, a good engineering graduate get a starting salary in the range 60 – 80 K LKR with some benefits such as transport, and fuel allowance – this is just out of the univ – with no field experiences, so before you open up your mouth next time, better to look around.

      There is demand for our graduates, what we do not have is the facilities to turn out good graduates, old systems, which were designed to handle 100 students now cater for 450 students, and many more to add this year because of the Z score fiasco. Till July this year, most of the faculties univ system have not received funds due for the year, so, are we to buy the necessary things running the places, for an intake of expected increase as well, from that petty research allowance

      Better look around with your all sensor on – we have a govt that has no idea of what education is, that endorse violence against any professional body, be it legal , medical or educational sector in the country.

      The only reason why govt resume talks with FUTA is that they are afraid now if FUTA helps the opposition if the TU action drags on further (this happened after the long walk) – then again their, govt, main concern is to look after the political stooge from Kelaniya, Open university, Peradeniya etc. – but not increasing some allocation for education in principle.

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        Philip, Not Who I am or where I am, but whether don’t I say the truth must be your question if you have an iota of a brain. Instead, like all the rest of FUTA membership, you resort to the easy option that is to verbally attack or associate whoever who criticizes the FUTA struggle with the government groups. As amply proven during the recent TV debate by their leader who struggled to even counter the simplest of points put forward by the opposing group, logical thinking has entirely disappeared from the FUTA membership.
        Despite your FUTA line written from a hypothetical world, the sad reality is, there are thousands of “good” science graduates who spend their energy for years demanding jobs protesting and chasing politicians. There are first class graduates who work as teachers and in the public sector for a meager pay. There are even better Engineering graduates teaching at International schools for a pittance. Indeed better go out and look around the advice of yours that you should apply to yourelf before you advice others next time. The country’s civil engineering sector has not got off the ground since the end of Mahaveli projects, yet the universities produce more Civil Engineers than ever before. Apart from a few Production Engineers, most electrical and mechanical engineers struggle to make ends meet. Laughable as yours, comments must hurt these people as the mechanical engineer who teaches at the technical college in Gampaha area, who had 299 in his A/L and had a second upper at the final year. I wonder what he does to his fuel allowance (that he gets in your weird mind) when he travels daily on bus. Indeed, look around.
        The best is, if you want more money, to find those jobs that pay Rs.80,000 with company car/fuel and what not than holding poor students for ransom. There will always be other good graduates to fill university vacancies. By the way it is not always the best that gets those lecturer jobs. While the central bank staff is saturated with first class quality graduates, the new universities, Rajarata, Sabaragamuwa and Wayamba have senior lecturers who had ordinary passes (no classes) in their undergraduate degrees and did a PhD locally for 7-8 years. The perseverance not the quality must be the one that has been rewarded in those cases.
        It is mesmerizing to notice what people like you and a few other FUTAs who fight to milk the poor tax payer don’t see. Hundreds of engineers who went to Britain on HSMP and stayed over on PSW schemes struggle daily to find work. This year alone, so many have now come back following years of struggle to find work. The “demand for our graduates” is a general term used by hypocrites who know a little but care about only themselves and their pocket. What is the point in buying anything for the universities now anyway, when the lecturers are on strike asking more like little Oliver Twists.
        It is not only the government but the so called highly educated FUTA lot is clueless as to what the education is. It must be made a crime to strike depriving poor students of knowledge at the expense of the poor public. The Educated must find innovative alternative mechanisms to win demands than resorting to age old strike actions that the most uneducated would count on.
        On top of all, you make the last comment to prove what a cloud cuckoo land you are in as well. FUTA’s first march was well attended but the governing party had a resounding win in the three PC elections held the week later, You are so naïve to believe the government is resuming talks out of fear of FUTA. When half the country has nothing to eat, struggling to find a square meal a day, you believe they will join with you to topple the government to get you higher salaries? If the government spends half the income on FUTA’s education, you believe those people will be happy, do you? You must be too young (otherwise it is sad) as well not to learn from history, when the then government, where the education minister was Ranil himself, ignored FUTA demands.

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          By the way, when I commented about central bank employees, I mut say that they prepared for months and sat for competitive exams and got those jobs. If they had a chance to stay at university, they wouldn’t have gone through all that malarky.

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      We all know who is Rubert, and what his intentions are. From the start of this struggle he wanted to jeopardize this struggle.

      Plato believed in an utopia where guardians are responsible to provide moral education for younger generations. WOW our so called guardian is providing plentiful of that i’d say ;).

      Rubert,

      The Government is taking loans with strings attached, and investing them on future votes only. Roads bring money for villagers only during construction , through labour. Can’t you see that as a hoax? Isn’t that deceiving people?

      Government clearly does not have any intentions on improving education in Sri Lanka. Improving education does not mean vocational training.They would make education a commodity and provide opportunity to corporate fishermen to fish here.Regime would love to give jobs to OL pass out students; we all know what routine jobs require. What is hidden behind is left for the people to understand.

      Come to an engineering faculty and see the reality. An entry level academic gets a very handsome salary as SB says, but a CEB laborer earns much more. Sabbaticals are there for name sake, except very few academics others do not use them. It is like you are condemning all parliamentarians for having their lunch for 5 Rs ;).

      Regarding salary, regime cruel intentions are to maul who ever rise up against their will. FUTA is asking for their living salary, that is obtrusive in your short sighted view. But at the same time one should understand regime took academics students and parents into their hostage through salary. They wanted to suppress this struggle through that cheap shot. I wonder whether “Hon“ Duminda Silva is dedicating his salary and benefits for poor.

      Gvt wanted to sabotage this effort by making a conspicuous salary story. If salary is what academics want, then you would not see people in universities nowadays. Get yourself informed properly there is no significant salary increase resulting because of this struggle.

      FUTA struggled to educate people about what government is doing behind the face of development. Tampo knows what this struggle is for; he knows what this regime wants to do with education and with future trade union actions. He knows this regime wants to suppress peoples voices.

      True many academics are introverts but it does not mean they are selfish as you wish.

      Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka cursed because Democratic term comes first.when 51% are being disguised through mass media manipulation one can overrule the republic.

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      YOU ARE AN ANOTHER PAN HADELER FOR LOOTERS GROUP RRRRRAAAAAAA PASSA AND CLAN.
      YOU BLOOD SUCKERS OF INOCENT MASSES.

      HOW MUCH YOU SCRATCH FROM GALLE FACE COFFIN .

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    Here is Rubert Vanderkoon again working for the Rajapassa regime or SB. Dear Philip, you are right. This nincompoop must be from Nalin’s Arsenic group who are talking nonsense.

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    The Rajapakse Bros know how to play the Business of Politics. They kept telling SB not to give into FUTA. But now that they realise things are getting out of control in many parts of the country and the sympathy and support for FUTA is growing. Immediately instructions go out to SB to eat humble pie and agree for a meeting. The blabbering and grinning SB has no other alternative but to fall in line. Basil and PBJ get involved to ensure the financial part of the surrender. Soon Universities will be near-normal and the threat of some of the schools also coming out is now minimised.

    The focus now shifts to the legal fraternity on the cowardly attack on JSC/Secy Manjula Tilakeratne. Lawyers are on the war path with even some DJs agreeing to stay away from work. This is what happens when you try to do everything yourself – discarding Cabinet responsibility.
    Thanks to the Champions of the Chinthanaya Sri Lanka has destroyed its once high standard of Civil, Legal administration and governance.
    The Govt is now run by nimcompoops, pimps, drug-traffickers, extortionists, kidnap kings and congenital sycophants in many forms.
    No wonder there is chaos and disorder almost everywhere.

    Senguttuvan

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    Hey Rupert Vanderkoon

    You are very gooooood, you sound like self appointed ‘pandith’ who knows everything about Sri Lanka, but you and Leela are part of the govt anti-FUTA propaganda mechanism (like during the war time, where such tactics were used). So, as we see, one thing you are good at is licking raja-passa and helping the clowns to ruin the country, look at the comments, out of 30+ comments only you and Leela are the ones who can’t see things in right context – as far as this paradise is concerned

    About engineering graduate, last 30+ years is, many left country because the country has no plan or policy to use them, consecutive govt made sure that happens, so still you have issues with FUTA – it is this govet who made that worst.

    Next time when you pay homage to king-passa, be gentle at what you do/polish/licking, but get his answers (from him), NOT yours, to the issues FUTA raised.

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    Philip H -Now tell me – Do you think Nirmal could fool 4000+ university teachers, all the school teachers for a long 100 days to do international conspiracy to topple govt

    When the JVP involve with university student unions they strike and closed the universities more than three years, only a few students are JVP supporters but they control entire university students by thuggery, if you want the facts , I can give many facts, these FUTA some of them hardcore JVP they control all other university lectures most of them very Deason people they do not want unnecessary trouble from these JVP , that is why they shut their mouth,

    Can anyone tell with real facts and figures about JVP involved in any development of this country

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