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Rs. 5,000 allowance for SP teachers

Southern Province Education Minister Chandima Rasaputhra opens Primary Teaching Resource Centre.

The Southern Province will grant a Rs. 5,000 allowance to teachers in the Province, Southern Province Education Minister Chandima Rasaputhra said.

He said the allowance was given once and it should be given uninterrupted to appreciate teachers' service because they work hard to lift 11 education divisions in the South to the national level. He said some stand against the move.

He was participating in the ceremony held to open the Primary Teaching Resource Centre at the Pathegaga Model Primary School in Batawela built under the Nearest School the Best School national programme.

He said the school was closed for 14 years and reopened. He said the school with 400 students was opened on the initiatives of MP Kanchana Wijesekara. He said Numpe Medananda Vidyalaya in Matara was reopened with 700 students.

He said teachers' salaries will be increased by twofold in the Southern Province.

Then all teachers in the country will get the same. Distress loans given to teachers in South was increased to Rs. 150,000 from Rs 50,000. "The education should be free from politics," Rasaputhra said. "Only then, we could achieve victories," he said.