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JVP moves HR Commission against Education Ministry

2014 Jan 25

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The JVP-led Ceylon Teachers Service Union (CTSU) has complained to the Human Rights Commission over several issues related to the Grade V scholarship examination and admissions to government schools.

CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe told The Island yesterday that the Education Ministry had not issued the cut-off marks for six popular schools including Richmond, Rahula, St. Servatius, Colombo Isipathana, Colombo Asoka Vidyalaya and Kingswood.

The ministry claimed that it did not issue cut off marks for schools which admitted fewer than 45 students based on Grade V scholarship examination results, but Jayasinghe said they could not accept that excuse as it had issued cut off marks for St. John’s Balika, Nugegoda which admitted only 35 students.

He said the ministry had reduced the cut-off marks for Richmond College and Rahula College from 183 to 179 later the list of admissions had not been revised accordingly.

He said that according to the circular for admitting students to the Grade One of government schools, there would be only 40 students in one classroom.

The teacher trade unionist however noted that there were more than 40 students in one classroom in most schools.

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