Trade unions of the education sector wrote to the authorities at the Ministry of Education calling for action to be taken against Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma for allegedly forcing a school principal to enroll a child to grade one.

Thewarapperuma is alleged to have accompanied a mother and her child to the Kalutara Vidyalaya on May 09 and forced the Principal to enroll the said child to grade-one and although the Principal had informed that the child could not be enrolled as the child’s name had not been in the admission list, the child had later on been enrolled against the Principal’s decision.

The Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) informed that they had written to the Education Ministry Secretary and the Minister of Education concerning the matter.

General Secretary of the CTU, Joseph Stalin said that such a move set a bad precedent and was due to the failure of the Government to issue as promised under the 100 days programme, the circular pertaining to the admission of children to grade one.

The matter could have been taken up by Thewarapperuma in the Parliament, he added.
“The admission of children to schools is a problem in this country. There should be a mechanism and a system in place for this. Intervening in individual cases and threatening education officials is not the way to go about this,” he said. (RL J)