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New Ananda Principal’s appointment thwarted
PSC, Education Secy on collision course

The Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Education Ministry are on a collision course over the latter’s refusal to appoint Nimal Jayaweera, Principal of Dharmasoka Vidyalaya, Kelaniya as Principal of Ananda College, Colombo.

The PSC has called for an explanation from Nimal Bandara, Secretary to the Education Ministry, in this regard.

Well informed sources said that the PSC had recommended Jayaweera’s appointment about a month ago, along with eight other appointments of principals to National Schools. The sources said that Bandara had issued appointment letters to eight persons, leaving Jayaweera out.

The PSC issued a second directive last Friday (November 14).

The Education Secretary declined to comment on his decision to delay Jayaweera’s appointment.

A senior official told The Island that the Education Secretary would be summoned before the PSC if he failed to act on Friday’s directive. Nothing could be as ridiculous as this, he said, emphasising that the Education Secretary had no option but to act on PSC directives.

Jayaweera had received the new posting on the strength of his performances at interviews/ tests held by the PSC, the sources said.

The sources alleged that an attempt was being made to appoint another principal, who had not even come before the PSC, as Ananda Principal.

The Education Ministry recently removed the principal of Ananda College after he had come under a police investigation over irregularities and malpractices regarding school admissions.

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