Probe on employment ads

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By Indika Sri Aravinda


The Foreign Employment Bureau is to begin investigations into newspaper advertisements promoting employment for students going overseas for academic purposes, Bureau official L.K Ruhunuge told Daily Mirror online.

According to the Bureau, students sent overseas via agencies for educational purposes cannot be offered employment unless such agencies are registered with the Foreign Employment Bureau and have the required clearance.

Ruhunuge said that as of late several newspaper advertisements have been published offering employment for students in countries like the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore which is illegal under the Foreign Employment act.

The Foreign Employment Bureau says educational institutions cannot offer overseas jobs to students unless they are registered with the Foreign Employment Bureau. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 21

  • Wednesday, 16 June 2010 05:56 AM

    Sri lankans are stranded in many parts of the world after being tricked by rogue agencies promising to provide lucrative jobs in foreign countries. Most of these agencies have failed to provide the job and pay that they have promised and as a result our own people have been forced to be slaves. Government should introduce a mechanism that would effectively oversee these agencies that could also damage the image of the country.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 05:58 AM

    true . I'm in this business too and was expecting this. very soon the government will introduce some system to extort money from us .

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 06:44 AM

    SLBFE seeking for extra income ??

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 06:54 AM

    Very good. Foreign employment bureau has identified another good venue to make money for their subordinates and proxies. We are very well aware of the so called services offered by the so called bureau to our Sri Lankans stranded in jobs and education.
    This measure will definitely end up with pocketng out of many millions of rupees to the proxies of bureau.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:11 AM

    There is MUCH more money coming in than will ever go out.
    Even those who do these jobs will ultimately spend their dollars/pounds in Sri Lanka by sending money to parents etc.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:25 AM

    Foreign employment bureau has other duties to do. They should learn from Philippines. Philippine’s foreign employment body is professionally managed and securing jobs for their citizens even in western and North American countries. We still send our people for very low salaries, lot of exploitation by agencies, For example in Hospitality industry, the Receptionists get only USD 400.00, the job mentioned in their offer letter and Passport as” Public area cleaners” as Receptionist should get more salary as per Bureau’s salary scale. The Bureau should monitor these types of malpractices and eliminate the Labor exploitation, rather than looking in to other unnecessary matters as no students in any country in the world allow students to work full time.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:38 AM

    Tigers are in Malaysia, Vehicle taxes brought down to help the politicians, now check out on how to get money from our children going their to study and earn some pocket money.

    We are a land of fools taken for a ride by the RAJAS.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:02 AM

    Its a known fact that it is impossible to live without working. So why try to kill our own citizens,

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 02:58 AM

    Then is Sri Lanka going to foot the bill for living costs of students abroad? Govt is short- sighted and greedy to try and tax as many people as possible.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 03:10 AM

    There is no way that students on full-time studies in foreign lands could be offered or assured of formal employment on a regular basis. However, in almost all these countries, students have opportunities to engage in part-time employment in their leisure hours. Quite possibly, the Agencies may be taking advantage of this possibility in order to attract students and enhance the level of commissions earned.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 03:13 AM

    Fleecing students with promise of partime employment and other benefits to collect huge sums of money. THIS MUST BE STOPPED

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 03:32 AM

    VERY good move..also need to take immediate action against agencies which are promoting lowest ranked universities in UK, N Z, Australia & USA. Most of the Sri lankan money oriented agencies are not aware of foreign universities & these idiots destroy students future by sending student to crap foreign universities...

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 03:53 AM

    Foreign Employment Bureau is on a fact finding mission to earn revenue! what about the bogus employment agencies sending housemaids that are suffering in the hands of employers in the middle east? Have you taken any action before stepping into another project??

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 04:03 AM

    Foreign Employment agent should act with responsiblity ,

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 04:04 AM

    The FEB intends to collect money and does nothing to those registered. If any one find a job on his own and is willing to take care of his welfare dont worry. Let FEB take care of those who need assistance, such as, housemaids and labourers who work like slaves overseas to earn foreign revenue to our motherland. FEB or any agency has not secured a respectebale job Those working in the UN, UN Agencies, doctors, engineers, consultants, judges, prosecutors, etc., But they send massive foreign exchange.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 04:05 AM

    Let students earn for themselves and pay their tution fees. If this is the attitude, the internships provided by the universities, Doctors going abroad for FRCS/MD should get their prior permission. If FEB did its part we would not have had Sri Lankans under bridges, in safe houses, involved in illegal activites tarnishing the image of our country. FEB, think positively, objectively and wisely. There is moral obligation towards the people and the economy. than just intepreting the law.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 04:13 AM

    This is a very good action, because some of the cheaters advertising in the newspapers for addmissions of Foreign Universities and misleading the poor parents and cheating them.Please make licence the foreign university addmission agents and monitor them with the foreign ebassies wheather they have given authority by the particular university to act on behalf of them as "Foreign Agent" and monitor all their transactions are inaccordence to the University Requirements.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 04:21 AM

    Root causes for the Tamils political struggle is over looked by Srilankan governments and they like to distract public (Sinhalese) with LTTE . The war victory will be temporary unless there will be a political solution. Nearly 35000 LTTEs & 100000 people died due to war. Majority were killed by the firearms of GOSL. So it is difficult to calm those people's mind without a reasonable political solution. Unless Tamils are be fools.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 04:36 AM

    This needs investigation - because there may be lots of students whose parents have virtually sold all their wealth just to send their children abroad - because the universities here are chaotic & people from the cities would not dream of sending their children to local universities because of the strong arm tactics of the local undergraduates.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 05:10 AM

    Draining of precious SL money to overseas because of lack of University entries to students due to one single mark.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 05:22 AM

    Mr. Ruhunage you did a spledid job at Dubai Consulate General!! But what happened to you lately?? Give a break Sir! Enough is enough!! Do not tax the students too!! Ask money from the politicos if the bureau is bankrupt.


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