H’tota candidates have all the luck – JVP

HR Commission moved against irregularities in teacher trainee selection

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The JVP led Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) yesterday moved the Human Rights Commission against the Education Ministry alleging the the district quota system in selecting students to Colleges of Education had been changed for political reasons.

CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said that this year selecting criteria and district quota were based on the projected vacancies in 2017 in the government schools and GCE (A/L) qualified students had been interviewed.

Citing examples, Jayasinghe said that at first 147 students had been selected from the Gampaha District, but the number had been reduced to 53. In the case of the Hambantota District originally only nine were selected but that number had been increased to 71.

"We believe this change is due to the influence of ruling party politicians," Jayasinghe said, adding that some students who passed the GCE (A/L) in the Commerce stream had been selected for the primary section.

He said that Ministry had also rejected some students selected in the first round citing 14 reasons.

Those students had received letters stating that they had been rejected but the reasons had not been specified, Jayasinghe said.

He said that normally student admissions were made on July 15, but this year there was a delay owing to political interference.

"We complained to the Human Rights Commission as the first phase of protest against the government decision and we will continue to protest if no remedial action is taken," Jayasinghe added.

Director (Colleges of Education) of the Education Ministry P. M. Dharmasena was not available for comment as he was not in the Ministry yesterday.

animated gif
Processing Request
Please Wait...