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Strict measures to fill the principal vacancies in national schools without any political interference

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The effort made by Lanka Teacher Service Association to mislead the public saying that the present government is avoiding proper appointments to the principal posts in 302 national schools out of the total number of 354 national schools under the ministry of education is thoroughly condemned.

After the present government came into power, The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam took steps to make necessary appointments to all posts in the ministry of education following a proper procedure without any political interference.

The steps were taken to fill the vacancies in all posts in Sri Lanka Principal Service, Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service and Teacher Educationist Service through relevant competitive examinations and interviews. And the placements and promotions were also done according to the accepted methodologies.

Accordingly, following the proper procedures the applications were called to fill the principal vacancies in 302 national schools on 14.08.2018 through the gazette notification published on 20.07. 2018. Then the relevant interviews were held in the months of October, November and December 2018 under two interview boards.

Although some activities of this process were delayed during the 52 days of illegal government, the list of principals’ names proposed for each school and other relevant documents have already been submitted to the Education Service Committee of the Public Service Commission. All the work has been made ready to fill those vacancies as soon as the recommendations are received.

Even though the Lanka Teacher Service Association clearly know this process, it is obvious that they are issuing such communiqués with the aim of disturbing this legal procedure and the minister as well as the ministry of education.

The present government established the Public Service Commission with the objective of operating independent public service without any political interference and this communiqué issued by the Lanka Teacher Service Association has challenged the functions of this commission too.

It is also clear that the Lanka Teacher Service Association has engaged in a media show off of misleading the principals, teachers and parents through the fact that they have sent the letter even before sending it to the minister of education.

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