Tamil youth in East face stiffer racial discrimination: TNA MP

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 June 2013, 23:22 GMT]
In yet another instance of the structural genocide taking place in the country of Eezham Tamils, students from the East stand now to lose the opportunity to learn technical education in their GCE Advanced Level studies since the Colombo government seems to have deliberately ignored Tamil educational institutions in the selection of institutions for introduction of technical education under higher standards. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Pon Selvarasa has alleged that the Tamil educational institutions from the East have been deliberately ignored by the Colombo government in the selection of institutions for introduction of technical education under the higher standards of general education.

“200 institutions have been shortlisted for the purpose. But institutions from the East have not been given due representation” the MP said.

Not a single institution from the Batticaloa district – where about 72 percent of the population are Tamils – have been shortlisted.

It is reported that the institutions have been selected on the basis of constituency. But, a systematic policy has been adopted in sidelining Tamil schools.

The only schools selected from Kalkudaa Zone, Batticaloa Central and Batticaloa Zone are Muslim schools, civil sources in Batticaloa said.

The Ampaa'rai district also faces a similar predicament.

The Tamil students of Batticaloa and Ampaa'rai districts stand to lose any chance of learning technical education because of this discrimination, the MP said adding that his interaction with the SL ministry of youth affairs and skill development had proved futile.

 

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