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Ten schools closed in Pottuvil

 

The abuse of state resources has reached alarming proportions with ten schools in the Pottuvil electorate school closed on Tuesday to the UPFA in the Digamadulla district.

Ten schools closed in Pottuvil
The abuse of state resources has reached alarming proportions with ten schools in the Pottuvil electorate school closed on Tuesday to the UPFA in the Digamadulla district.
 
Minister Athaullah had addressed teachers and non‐academic workers of these schools. The election meetings had been conducted by him in the guise of having education seminars for teachers.
 
The schools closed are Potuvil Central College, Al Ilshan Vidyalaya, Al Ashraff Vidyalaya, Al Bahuja Vidyalaya, Al Vidya Vidyalaya, Al Munawara Vidyalaya, Al Aksha Vidyalaya, Al Meena Vidyalaya, Al Apyan Vidyalaya, Al Salam Vidyalaya, Al Mazmiya Vidyalaya, Al Hihra Vidyalaya and Darus‐ Salam Vidyalaya.
 
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Candidate Wasantha Piyatissa had complained to the Elections Commissioner in this regard in writing on the same day. According to him, teachers belonging to 15 schools of the Education Zone of Akkaraipattu had participated in these meetings suspending the academic activities of their respective schools.
 
Asked for comments in this regard, Assistant Elections Commissioner of Digamadulla, Bandara Mapa confirmed that ten schools were closed for such political purposes despite it being a violation of election law.
 
“However, it was too late when we received the complaint. Otherwise, we could have prevented him from proceeding with those meetings. We have informed the Provincial Education Director and the Zonal Education Directors in the district. This is unlawful,” he said
 
Mr. Mapa said that he would request the authorities concerned to enforce a pay cut for these teachers for the day had they participated in this meeting without obtaining duly approved leave.
 
Meanwhile, academic activities at a number of schools in the Anuradhapura district were also disrupted yesterday due to UPFA campaign meetings conducted for teachers and principals, said the Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU).
 
“The term tests are being conducted at most of the schools these days. But zonal and provincial education officials have asked the teachers and principals to attend these campaign meetings,” said CTU General Secretary Joseph Stalin. The teachers had been requested to gather at the Provincial Education office by 8.30 a.m., yesterday,” he said.
 
He said that some of the teachers had attended these meetings while being on‐duty and the others on leave for the day.
 
According to him, the schools affected are Walisinghe Harischandra Maha Vidyalaya (56 teachers), Nivathakachethiya Maha Vidyalaya (48 teachers), D. S. Senanayake College (16 teachers) and St. Joseph’s College (28 teachers).
 
Mr. Stalin pointed out that the Education Ministry has instructed the schools to conduct 1st term examinations within school levels.
 
“But neither the Ministry nor has any of the provincial education authorities monitored or assessed on how these schools conduct the examinations,” he said adding that as a result, some of the schools have opted to have the tests while the others have conveniently ignored it.
 
He said that these were the repercussions of the politicization the education sector.
 
However, Director of Planning of the Anuradhapura Education Zone Athul Samadu said that he was not aware of such activities and that the academic procedures of the schools are continuing as usual.
 
However Eastern Provincial Council Minister and a close associate of A.L.M Athaulla said that these were not election campaign meetings but School Development Committee meetings.
 
“Many schools in Pottuvil have no proper facilities and these were the issues discussed at these meetings,” he said.
 
(DM)
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