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CTU hits back at Hashim, Fonseka



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By Rathindra Kuruwita


The Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) yesterday condemned statements made by Ministers Kabir Hashim and Sarath Fonseka, criticizing President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to suspend a move to promote over 1,000 UNP supporters who claim to have been politically victimised.


CTU General Secretary, Joseph Stalin said the teachers’ unions had been compelled to seek the intervention of the President because Minister of Education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam refused to heed their protests.


The CTU says most of those, elevated to the Education Administrative Service purportedly due to political victimisation, lack the required qualifications. If a person had been victimised, he or she should be compensated in some other manner, Stalin said.


"To get promotions or to enter the education administrative service one has to pass examinations, and just because a teacher was transferred due to political reasons under the previous administration, the government should not promote him or her as a principal by way of compensation.


Most of them have not been victimised in anyway, contrary to their claims. About 138 persons to be promoted under this scheme have been found guilty of breach of discipline. A number of secretaries and other minor officials of the Prime Minister’s Office have also been categorised as political victims."


Our repeated attempts to contact the Minister of Education were in vain.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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