Union demands permanent principals for 247 national schools

By Rathindra Kuruwita

The new government should take steps to appoint principals to all 247 national schools which currently had acting principals, Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU), General Secretary, Joseph Stalin told The Island yesterday.

Stalin said that Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma had promised to fill 50% of those vacancies. "However this is not enough. This issue has been there since 2010. We met Alahapperuma last week and we informed him that steps should be taken to fill all 247 vacancies."

"Some half-hearted attempts were made to fill the vacancies in national schools. In 2010, applications were called for vacancies at 66 national schools, in 2012 applications were called for 105 schools and there were attempts to fill vacancies at 302 national schools last year. In 2018, they even held interviews but Public Services Commission scrapped them. Again applications were called in August 2019 but nothing has been done so far. That’s why we insist that all vacancies should be filled."

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