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UGC violating SC order “ GMOA

2014 Sep 09

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday accused the University Grants Commission (UGC) of flagrantly violating the Supreme Court Order on Registered Medical Officers following the three-year medical training course.

GMOA General Committee member Dr. Nalinda Herath said that the Supreme Court had ordered the UGC to conduct the three-year medical training programme for all RMOs. The prerequisite for the medical training programme was that each trainee should have at least 80 per cent attendance. But, the UGC had asked the Standing Committee responsible for holding examinations to allow the trainees to sit the final examination without abiding by the 80 per cent attendance rule.

Dr. Herath added that the Health Ministry honouring the Supreme Court Order had released the RMOs for full time training. But the GMOA had found that the RMOs did not attend the training programme regularly.

Even though the RMOs had not been following the courses, the UGC had asked the Standing Committee to permit them to sit the final examination. It was totally illegal. Because in accordance with the provisions of the Medical Ordinance, it was illegal to allow trainees to sit the final examinations without 80 per cent attendance. The GMOA has also requested Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala to hold an inquiry.

UGC Director Academic Affairs, Dr. Priyantha Premakumar, contacted for comment, dismissed the GMOA allegation. The Supreme Court had ordered the UGC to conduct the three-year training programme for the RMOs. It had been conducting the programme as ordered and had never asked the examination Standing Committee to allow the RMOs to sit the final examinations without 80 per cent attendance.

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