Accuses police of giving protection to goons who attacked protesters

Stalin questions independence of Public Service Commission



By Rathindra Kuruwita

There are serious concerns about the independence of the commissions created by the 19th amendment to the constitution, Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU), General Secretary Joseph Stalin said, yesterday, pointing out that the Public Services Commission (PSC) had approved the promotion of over 4,000 persons, who claimed to have been politically victimised.

"We are against promoting these people.If they have been victimised they should be compensated in some other manner. To get promotions or to enter education administrative service one needs to pass examinations. Just because a teacher was transferred due to political reasons, the government can’t promote him or her to the post of principal."

Stalin said the proposal to promote those individuals had been approved by both the Cabinet and the PSC. "While the Cabinet is a political instrument, the PSC is supposed to be an impartial institution."

"What was the basis for the PSC to promote those people? This raises questions about their independence," Stalin said.

The CTU General Secretary added that yesterday’s strike was a resounding success and about 80% of the schools had been closed. Apologising to parents and students for the inconvenience caused, he said that the strike was aimed at preventing the politicisation of the education sector.

"The Minister of Education Akila Viraj and Trade Union Secretary and Power and Renewable Energy State Minister Ajith Perera inisist the strike was a flop and our demands are unfair. We are making only one demand. We have given the government two weeks to address the issue and if not we will start an action that will cripple the entire sector," he said.

Stalin also accused an official attached to the Education Ministry who handled cases of alleged political victimisation of leading a team of goons to attack a protest march of teachers from Buddhadasa Stadium to the Education Ministry..

"After attacking protestors the goons went back inside the Ministry with police protection. We are reminded of the 1980s when the UNP’s actions plunged the country into a bloodbath."

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