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Four teachers suddenly transferred

2013 Jul 18

By Aisha Nazim


The Education Ministry yesterday issued arbitrary and sudden transfers to four teachers, who were due to give statements against the Principal of Royal College, Colombo, to the Public Services Commission (PSC) today (18), teachers unions alleged.



According to the Ceylon Teachers' Union (CTU), 12 teachers had lodged complaints with the PSC against the Principal of Royal College, Colombo, levelling charges of fraudulent and corrupt activities. The 12 teachers had received a mail from the PSC last week, instructing them to present themselves at the Education Ministry to give their statements. They were due to go to the ministry today (18) but the four teachers were suddenly transferred to different schools yesterday, CTU General Secretary, Joseph Stalin, revealed.



Pointing out further discrepancies in how the complaints were handled and the unfair manner in which the investigation was being carried out, he said, ideally, when an investigation is going on against a principal, the principal should be removed from service, at least temporarily. However, the principal is still in service at the school, while the teachers who had lodged complaints against him were continuing with their duties.



"How were those four specific teachers suddenly transferred just one day before they were due to give their statements? The teacher transfer board wasn't convened, and none of the other authorities were consulted. This was an extremely arbitrary transfer by the Secretary to the Ministry of Education, Gotabhaya Jayaratne," Stalin charged.



When contacted by Ceylon Today, to obtain his response in this regard, Jayaratne listened to the allegations levelled by the teachers union, and then abruptly hung up without responding.

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