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Prolonged Strike of Non-Academic Staff Disrupts University Operations

June 14, Colombo (LNW): A large number of undergraduates are facing significant challenges due to the ongoing strike by university non-academic staff, which has now stretched into its 43rd day. This strike has severely disrupted practical tests and examinations across many universities, as non-academic staff typically handle essential laboratory and administrative tasks.

The paralysis of work in university laboratories has notably hindered the administration of practical tests, a critical component of many courses. This disruption has also negatively impacted the scheduling and conduct of final and semester examinations, exacerbating the academic challenges faced by students.

University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge acknowledged the obstacles caused by the non-academic staff strike. He indicated that if the strike continues, the UGC may need to consider alternative methods for conducting practical tests to mitigate the impact on students’ education.

Despite the strike, lectures have continued as usual in most universities. Professor Amaratunge also clarified that while the salaries of academic staff and other non-striking employees will be paid as scheduled, the striking non-academic staff will not receive their salaries.

The non-academic staff are striking to address salary anomalies and other demands, expressing frustration over the lack of positive solutions to their issues. As the strike continues, the academic progress of many students remains in jeopardy, calling for a swift resolution to the ongoing dispute.

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