Catholic schools in Sri Lanka to reopen from 25th Oct

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Rev. Fr. Gemunu Dias, National Director of Catholic Education says a decision has been taken to start and maintain teaching in Catholic schools on any day after next Monday as decided by the Government.

The Catholic Teacher Union under the guidance of the Most Rev. Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo and in line with the statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, has decided to continue with the teaching procedures, without disruption, in the schools from a day that will be mandated by the government after the 25th of October 2021, a statement issued by the Archbishop Rev. Gemunu Dias said.

This decision has been taken by the Catholic Teacher Union under the guidance of the leaders of the Catholic Church and invites all the Catholic principals and the teachers to follow this common decision.

The statement issued by Rev. Gemunu Dias says, the “Catholic Church has always believed that the priority in the life of a teacher is the child, and therefore, there is no battle that is won, having neglected the child who is entrusted to our care. At this crucial moment, we urge all the Catholic principals and the teachers to continue with the teaching activities in the schools. Nevertheless, the battle to win over the already due salaries and other privileges will continue.”

“The Catholic Church and its leaders will always stand by the teachers and the principals to convince the government of the need to give them, their due. The principals and the teachers will engage themselves in teaching activities without disruption but will keep themselves away from other activities in the schools as a sign of their displeasure towards the government that has failed to fulfil their rights.”

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