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Teachers will not be impeded in performing their duties - PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that rules and regulations that prevent teachers from moulding students with a high standard of discipline will be done away with after the General election.

“We ended an era in which teachers were made to kneel down. Arrangements have been made to declare the teacher service as a closed service,” he said.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the presentation of financial donations to students who secured university entrance in 2017 and 2018, organized by the Education Employees Co-operative Thrift and Credit Society Limit to mark its 90th anniversary, in Colombo yesterday.

“Some teachers are discharging their service in fear of their own students due to the legal amendments brought forward between 1995 – 2005,” he said.

He said that there have been a number of news items where teachers were assaulted for reprimanding their students.

The Prime Minister said new laws were introduced to prevent certain activities that take place in schools.

“These laws have deterred teachers from disciplining their students for fear of losing their job. If a student makes a complaint against a teacher, the latter is arrested and remanded. Then the service of the teacher in question is suspended pending a court case,” he said.

He said that younger generation will face an impact, if teachers loose authority in schools.

“If teachers have control over students in schools, we will not hear drug smuggling and trafficking in schools,” he said.

Education Minister Dullus Allahapperuma, State Minister Gamini Lokuage and former Miniser Vinayagamurthi Muralitharana were present


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