'Solution to Eastern Province Education problems'
A separate education ministry office will be established in Ampara,
on a proposal approved by the cabinet at the request of Minister Ferial
Minister Ferial Ashraff gave these direction at the conference held
at "Sethsiripaya" in connection with the Education problems in the
North East Province Governor Tyrone Fernando, North East Education
Secretary R. Thiyakalingam, Education Ministry Additional, Secretaries
Thilainadaraja, S.S. Gunawardena, Eastern Education Ministry Director
Sunil Kannangara, Provincial Directors, Ampara District. Zonal Directors
and Housing Ministry Officials participated on this occasion.
Minister Ferial Ashraff said that 193 Sinhala medium volunteer
teachers had been recently appointed to schools in the North East.
The committee which scrutinised the logbook entries, timetables,
attendance registers and other related documents have observed that 74
teachers have been confirmed in their posts violating the selection
She has been made to understand that there had been malpractices in
making the appointments. North East Governor will give necessary
instructions to NEP Education Secretary to take immediate action to
appoint the suitable candidates according to the selection criteria.
The Minister said in year 1994, Sinhala language trainee teachers
were appointed to Tamil schools in the province. Tamil Language trainee
teachers were appointed to Sinhala schools. Such teachers have not yet
Most of the schools in the Province have no permanent Principals.
Senior teachers are serving on acting basis and hence necessary action
has to be taken to make the principals permanent.
Minister said in-service Advisors have been serving on acting basis,
and requested for permanency.
Another discussion to solve the North East Education problems will be
held in Kalmunai Muslim Ladies College on May 13.