HIV rumor: CTU asks Akila to be more sensitive

6 March 2016 06:16 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) today condemned Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam’s statement, where he called for the separation of the child in Kuliyapitiya from his mother, after being denied a school due to rumours of his mother being HIV positive.

In an interview with the BBC Sinhala Sandeshaya, the minister said the Zonal Education Director told him the boy’s mother had HIV and that therefore the child should be separated from her and placed in probationary care.

The CTU General Secretary Joseph Stalin asked the minister to show more sensitivity in the matter.

He said the child should not be separated from the mother, saying the minister had no right to do so.

Further, he said that as an Education Minister, he could not confirm whether the mother was HIV positive.

“As a father, he should understand that all parents love their children. He should not brand the child or his mother. Being the Education Minister of the country, this is not a good example to give the younger generation,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 8

  • Andrew Pitugala Monday, 07 March 2016 10:30 AM


    Janaka Perera Monday, 07 March 2016 11:12 AM

    Of course,first at all he must be study

    Manushay Sunday, 06 March 2016 07:16 PM

    I think that the minister of education should first get proper education on how to handle socially sensitive matter.

    Anthony Sunday, 06 March 2016 07:43 PM

    Yes the minister has no right separate the child from the mother, he is not capable of handling society in a sensitive manner. Mr President please correct him.

    Sam Sunday, 06 March 2016 09:02 PM

    Making such incompetent statement to international media will show the whole world that we, as a nation still living on top of the trees. This will not be the last case. If we react irresponsibily the really infected people will hide from the society and they will spread the deceases like this, hating the society wich cultivate intolerance and rejection.please handle the matter with care.

    Arnold Sunday, 06 March 2016 09:44 PM

    I like the name Joseph Stalin. Adolf Hitler will you please get up.

    Arnold Sunday, 06 March 2016 09:48 PM

    Instead of all this noise why cant they test the mother and child for HIV?

    Dompe Sunday, 06 March 2016 10:03 PM

    This is what happens when you appoint inexperiencedpeople as Ministers for very important portfolios.Also this jumbo cabinet certainly does not help our cause.

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