Teacher ‘kneeler’ invited as chief guest to sports-meet

12 February 2016 01:10 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) has requested the Education Ministry to inquire as to why the Navagaththegama Navodya School Principal had invited former UPFA North-Western provincial councillor Ananda Sarath Kumara -- who was remanded for forcing a female teacher to kneel down before him last June -- for the school’s inter-house sports-meet.

CTU General Secretary Joseph Stalin said the politician who was charged with this offense had attended the sports-meet at the invitation of school Principal Malcom Peterson despite opposition from parents and teachers.

“This is an insult on the entire teacher profession. The politician, who forced the teacher in charge of discipline to kneel down before him for asking his daughter to lengthen the hem of her school uniform, has attended this very same school’s sports-meet as the chief guest. We urge the Education Ministry to investigate this matter and take action against the principal if found responsible for this despicable act,” he stated. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 10

  • Walk out Friday, 12 February 2016 01:23 PM

    Why did not those present walk out. ? That would have been the best move

    Sincere Friday, 12 February 2016 01:33 PM

    He should have made an apology to the teacher concerned in public at the sports meet.

    Asoka Friday, 12 February 2016 02:01 PM

    He was not only remanded...He found guilty and the teacher got a compensation too...He paid the teacher some Rs.300,000 as far as I remember...How can a Principle do that...???

    Sri Wickrama Friday, 12 February 2016 03:08 PM

    Most of the school principals are henchmen of corrupt politicians. They entertain such abhorrent acts with an ulterior motive.

    Raj Friday, 12 February 2016 03:09 PM

    Teacher got Rs.300,000 and Principal might have got 2 times of that amount!!

    hemantha Friday, 12 February 2016 03:18 PM

    Definitely, Principal should in out of his mind

    Sonali Friday, 12 February 2016 03:18 PM

    Only a principal who has no principles is capable of such behavior.

    surasena Friday, 12 February 2016 03:20 PM

    Sack the Principal. If the culprit was invited with approval of officials from the Education Department, sack them all. If there is no law to do that, the President must use the power given by the people to do the same. Unless this government and the H.E. will become a laughing-stock before the public eyes, event the school children will mock on this administration.

    Sincere Friday, 12 February 2016 03:54 PM

    Check whether he has sufficient education to be a principal of a school.

    Sincere Friday, 12 February 2016 05:52 PM

    You are absolutely correct. People did not appoint this Government to continue with the mock administration but to remove it.

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