JVP teachers’ union to ‘march on’ Finance Ministry


By Dasun Edirisinghe

Teachers attached to the pro – JVP Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) and unemployed graduates who passed the teachers’ examination would march to the Finance Ministry on June 27 demanding that the latter be recruited to the Western Province teachers’ service immediately.

After lodging a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) yesterday morning, CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe told The Island that nearly 4,000 graduates who had passed the teachers examination in the Western Province were awaiting appointments for more than a year.

The examination was held in 2014 under the former Western Province Chief Minister and Education Minister Prasanna Ranatunga’s ‘Job Rain’ (Rekiya Vessa) programme, he said where 4,000 out of 14,000 candidates had passed the examination.

Jayasinghe said only 400 of them received teachers’ appointments in 2015 there were though more vacancies remaining in the Western Province teachers’ service.

Provincial Education Minister Ranjith Somawansa, contacted for comment, said they would absorb another 700 graduates who had passed the examination in 2014 to the provincial teachers’ service next week.

Asked what would happen to the balance, he said there was an excess of teachers in the Western Province.

"According to the cadre, there was an excess of 132 teachers in the three districts, but the protesters did not know it," Somawansa said, adding that according to the present circulars they could not recruit new teachers while having an excess.

He said at present 1246 teachers were on maternity leave and 85% of teachers were female graduates. About 450 teachers worked as acting principals and 722 as teacher instructors, but they were still on the teachers’ cadre.

Somawansa said some were currently following foreign and local training programmes.

He said President Maithripala Sirisena was also aware of the situation.

"However, we will recruit teachers based on classrooms according to the 01/2016 circular within two months," Somawansa said, noting that at present teachers cadre was based on the number of students and it was 23:1, but it would be increased under the new system providing relief to graduates who got through the teachers’ exam.


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