As­sure safety in schools rather than dis­tri­bu­tion of tabs : CTU


The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter should take mea­sures to cre­ate an as­sur­ance on stu­dents and par­ents minds to at­tend schools rather than se­cur­ing Cab­i­net ap­proval for the free dis­tri­bu­tion tabs among school chil­dren, Cey­lon Teach­ers’ Union (CTU) yes­ter­day said.

Speak­ing to the Daily Mirror, CTU Chair­man Joseph Stalin yes­ter­day said Min­is­ter Ak­ila Vi­raj Kariyawasa­m had se­cured Cab­i­net ap­proval for the free dis­tri­bu­tion of 183,000 tabs among school chil­dren de­spite ob­jec­tions by Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena.

“This is not the thing which should be done by a re­spon­si­ble Min­is­ter in a sit­u­a­tion like this. He should make as­sur­ances to stu­dents to come to school with­out any fear and should make their par­ents feel that their chil­dren are safe,” he said.

“The Min­istry had ap­pointed 3,850 Sports In­struc­tors to schools is­land­wide and a train­ing pro­gramme had been ar­ranged for those se­lected. The cho­sen in­di­vid­u­als had proved their sports abil­i­ties at provin­cial or na­tional lev­els. Un­like teach­ers, these in­struc­tors are in a po­si­tion to re­main on the grounds and pro­vide them with train­ing,” Mr. Stalin said. He al­leged that the Min­istry was try­ing to pro­vide em­ploy­ment to per­sons po­lit­i­cally af­fil­i­ated and that per­sons who had no sports qual­i­fi­ca­tions had been se­lected.

Ear­lier the CTU called the Min­istry to stop the ap­point­ments as these In­struc­tors were re­cruited against the Teacher Ser­vice Min­utes (TSM), he said.

“We should keep in mind that they are not teach­ers and have no re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards stu­dents as they lack train­ing as teach­ers,” he said.

He added that the Union does not mind ap­point­ing tal­ented sports per­sons as teach­ers in the proper man­ner.

Mr Stalin said they were also against the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to re­cruit Sports In­struc­tors to gov­ern­ment schools in vi­o­la­tion of the TSM and this should not be done in a sit­u­a­tion like this.

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