Permanency to Tamil volunteer teachers with AG's approval
[TamilNet, Friday, 11 April 2003, 17:00 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Thursday directed the
Minister of Human Resources Development, Education and Cultural Affairs,
Dr.Karunasena Kodituwakku, to obtain the approval of the Attorney General
before granting permanent appointment to one thousand Tamil medium
volunteer teachers serving in the Northeast province, Tamil National
Alliance sources said.
This decision was taken at a conference held Thursday with the Prime
Minister in the chair and attended by Minister Kodituwakku, Cabinet
Secretary, Treasury officials and education ministry officials. A delegation
of the TNA, led by its parliamentary group leader, Mr.R.Sampanthan, and
comprising parliamentarians Messrs Jospeh Pararajasingham, Mavai
Senathirajah, Selvam Adaikalanathan, N.Raviraj,
G.G.Gajendrakumar, A.Chandra Nehru and K.Thurairetnasingham participated at
the discussion, the sources said.
The Prime Minister and the Education Minister at the conference accepted in
policy to grant permanent appointment to one thousand Tamil volunteer
teachers who have already been selected after interview and approved by the
cabinets of the then People's Alliance government and the present United
National Alliance government, the sources said.
However, the Prime Minister directed the Minister of Education
to send all relevant documents to the Attorney
General and obtain his approval before granting permanency to northeast
volunteer teachers, the sources said.
Meanwhile, the sit-in-protest campaign by the Northeast Tamil medium
volunteer teachers in front of the provincial ministry of education office
in Trincomalee entered the thirty-ninth day Thursday. They launched their
protest campaign on March 3, demanding permanency as approved by the
cabinets of current and previous governments.