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Teachers demand transfer of vice principals

2013 Jul 07

By Aisha Nazim

 

Teachers of Navagattegama Navodya School demand the immediate transfer of the school's two vice principals, alleging they failed to give evidence against politician, Ananda Sarath Kumara, who made a teacher of the school kneel before him for disciplining his daughter.

 

The teachers reported sick for two days yesterday and Thursday, in protest of the actions of the vice principals.
General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers' Service Union (CTSU), Mahinda Jayasinghe, said the teachers, students and parents of the students are unhappy over how both vice principals kept silent when one of their staff was abused by the former North-Western Provincial Councillor, last month.

 

"One of the vice principals gave a statement and then retracted it and the other did not say anything at all. It was their own school teacher, who was abused in such a manner by a politician, and they chose to be silent about it," he alleged.The teachers are disgusted with the conduct of the vice principals and have requested the relevant authorities to transfer them as soon as possible, he added. “We would rather like that it be done tonight (Friday) as once the Provincial Councils are dissolved, transfers cannot take place until elections are conducted and over with,” Jayasinghe told Ceylon Today.

 

The CTSU has, meanwhile, written to the zonal director of the area urging immediate intervention to remove the offending vice principals.

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