Political parties, civil society, lecturers, students, trade unions and other groups are protesting in Colombo against the proposed Kotelawala University Bill and in protest of illegal detention of union leaders including Joseph Stalin. Protesters demand government to release union leaders immediately and withdraw the Kotelawala National Defence University Bill which they fear could pave the way for privatisation of the higher education sector and militarisation of universities.

Meanwhile several teachers and principals trade unions withdraw from the online education program for students from today in protest of illegal detention of union leaders. Meanwhile Director Catholic schools Rev. Fr Gamunu Dias says that Catholic Private schools not hold online classes today and joined the teachers protest as they stand for the rights of education in the country.