Uva CM has last laugh; furious teachers threaten TU action

Making female principal kneel


By Rathindra Kuruwita

Teachers’ unions yesterday vowed to resort to trade union action in protest against the reinstatement of the Chief Minister of Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dassanayake as the provincial Minister of Education; who is currently facing a number of investigations, including a probe by the Human Rights Commission into an incident where he allegedly made Badulla Tamil Girls’ School Principal, R. Bawani, kneel before him.

The Ceylon Teachers’ Services Union (CTSU) Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said Dassanayake had been reinstated by the former Governor of Uva Province M. P. Jayasinghe, who was recently transferred to the North Central Province. "This is preposterous and we will decide what to do after second school term commences after holiday," he said.

"So far none of the allegations against the CM has been concluded and we hear that Dassanayake has been reappointed as provincial education minister. He was stripped of this position by the President before the local council election and now its obvious that this was a media show by the yahapalana government," Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin said.

Jayasinghe said the President had suspended Dassanayake as the Uva Education Minister by way of an election gimmick.

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