If GMOA demands are met:
Teachers Union to take legal action
The Ceylon Teachers Union is all set to initiate legal action if the government
bows down to demands made by the Government Medical Officers Union (GMOA)
concerning the allocation of schools for children of transferred GMOA members.
According to the Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Union, Joseph Stalin, the
union will take legal action against any such decision made by the Ministry of
Education to grant schools requested by the GMOA in violation of the rights of
other students. ¨Bowing down to such demands is not only unfair on other
students but it also violates government circulars which prevents such admission
to schools,” he said, adding that the union has made a decision to seek help
from the courts to prevent it.
According to Stalin, despite a court order limiting the number of students in a
class to 35, the Ministry of Education has defied the order by increasing the
number to 40.
“In the meantime if
more students of transferred doctors are granted admission to popular schools
this will in turn reduce the quota of student intake following the scholarship
exam,” he said, adding that this is a clear swindling of opportunities meant for
the public and it should not be allowed under any circumstance.
The Union accused the GMOA and other parties of attempting to limit popular
schools for an elite section of society.
Stalin also accused the Ministry of Education of enrolling children into schools
after the first school term had commenced. ¨Such admittance of students continue
to happen due to political interference and is completely unfair as well as
wrong¨ he said adding that the union possesses proof of such enrollments.
The union has put down all such irregularities regarding enrollment of students
to school due to the lack of a National policy. ¨The government promised in
their 100-day program to implement a policy regarding school admission but has
yet failed to do so¨ he said. According to Stalin inaction in this regard has
contributed to the continuous issues regarding the matter.
Last week, the GMOA launched a token strike in the Matara, Kurunegala and Kandy
districts over issues relating to school admissions for children of its doctors.
Doctors later ‘occupied’ the Education Ministry premis es, demanding a meeting
with the Minister. They moved only after the Kaduwela Magistrate issued an order
demanding immediate evacuation of the premises. Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe later hit out at the dissenting doctors, saying the government
did not recognise certain career paths to be more important than others.