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Teacher Services Union speaks out after death of principal during training

2013 Jul 03

The Ceylon Teachers Service Union says that only teachers who are below 30 years of age can be recruited and invested with military positions.

Convening a media briefing Monday, the Union expressed this view over the demise of a school principal who was receiving training in Rantambe.
General Secretary - Ceylon Teachers Service Union, Mahinda Jayasinghe shared these thoughts

'On one hand this process of militarisation by giving military ranks to school principals is in violation of the Mobilisation and Supplementary Forces Act Number 40 of 1985. According to this act, you cannot recruit in this way. On one hand under this act, you can recruit students who are above the age of 15 as cadets and in addition you can recruit as officers, teachers who are under 30 years of age. They
are recruiting these people disregarding all of these limitations. They have recruited persons who are close to 80 years of age. The government must put a stop to this. They must stop this game. Today it was Wickremeisinghe, tomorrow it could be someone else.'

The body of the principal who passed away while receiving training at the Rantambe Cadet Camp was brought to his residence in Akarawita, Gampaha on Monday.

The deceased was W.A.S. Wickremesinghe, Principal of the Sri Pangnananda National School in Kotugoda, Raddolugama in Negombo. The 53 year old was a father of three.

He had arrived at the Rantambe Cadet Camp for the training programme on June 28. Director of the National Cadet Corps, Major General Gamini Jayasundera said, the Principal had taken ill during physical training and was taken to the Mahiyanganaya Hospital.

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