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The Colombo Zonal Education office issued a letter to the Principals of Colombo schools to give due respect for Parliamentarians and PC members who attend to special school functions.

In a letter dated February 20 sent to all schools within the territory of Colombo Zonal Division, Zonal Education Director P.N. Silva had ordered the principals to invite Parliamentarians and PC members, who represented the area to special school functions and principals were bound to give Members of Parliament due respect when they attended such events.

Attached with the letter was a list of Provincial Council (PC) members, who represented Colombo Zonal Education Development Structural Committee.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin said the move was an insult to the Principals.

“By ordering Principals to respect politicians, the Colombo Zonal Education office had risked the State officials’ dignity and respect. With such a move schools could be entirely politicized,” he said.

He said that in the wake of the controversy over Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Dasanayake, who allegedly used abusive language and forced a female Principal of a school in Badulla to kneel, the order could further the political influences and unnecessary interferences in education officials’ duties. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 30

  • das Sunday, 25 March 2018 04:24 PM

    Also, principals should kneel before them.

    Vernon Sunday, 25 March 2018 04:35 PM

    This Director is not suitable to be a Director or a public officer. Nowhere in public service it is mentioned that it is mandatory for a public officer to invite and respect politicians for school functions. Inviting such rowdies who behave so, to school functions is insulting all the young and upcoming youth of the country

    stooge Sunday, 25 March 2018 04:44 PM

    So called director is mad? what type of education he has to hold the post? Does he a another political stooge? Keep all type of politicians away from children. At least this country need a better future. Politicians will never ever make this country better.

    Unbelievable Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:03 PM


    Jaya Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:15 PM

    Now they want to politicise the schools too. this governance always wants create problems. its like a mania .

    yohankumara Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:18 PM

    What does it mean by due respect?, Our politicians don't deserve any respect as far as I know.

    Joseph Monday, 26 March 2018 01:03 PM

    Absolutely correct

    Rajitharan Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:25 PM

    They must also request the schools to build a pub otherwise our honorable MPs might feel very bored and doze off during the school functions.

    Oracle Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:29 PM

    In recent future: Colombo Zonal Education office orders Principals to give due respect for kudu karayo / area tugs / underworld buggers

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:31 PM

    Oh my god . Is there a single politician whom can be give due respect in Sri Lanka, present days ?

    huna Monday, 26 March 2018 01:06 PM

    That's why my friend they are now trying to get it by force !!!

    sameer Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:37 PM

    The uneducated demanding recognition from the educated..no wonder we are the miracle of Asia???

    karthik Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:40 PM

    Do politicians demamd respect from principals.

    saranga.walimuni Sunday, 25 March 2018 05:51 PM


    Ceylon Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:06 PM

    Why principals ordered to respect politicians??.why politicians inviting for educatiional activities?.most of politicians are not studied up to grade 10.

    Ad Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:23 PM

    Respect does not come from law. The politicians should earn it. Murderers, rapists, thugs, fraudsters, criminals, drug peddlers, vadey sellers, uneducated, are among many who are so called politicians. How can a circular be issued to honor them. Has the education dept. commenced to issue doctoral degree to politicians?

    Alston Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:24 PM

    Though demand unlikely anybody would respect them.

    CITIZEN Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:29 PM


    UPALI Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:36 PM

    For those who looking for respect, please earn it. Don't ask for it. Because you will not get it.

    Udda Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:45 PM

    Sir, there are so many politicians, it is impractical for principles to grovel before all of them

    sphkl Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:49 PM

    This country has fallen to the lowest no more to go .

    Saman Sunday, 25 March 2018 06:53 PM

    Time has come to that level now. They are begging the people to respect them now. Sad thing is they don't have a brain to know that respect something that you should earn.

    Waco Monday, 26 March 2018 12:32 PM

    One must earned the respect. No one can demand respect.

    katie Monday, 26 March 2018 12:33 PM

    laugh of the day. First of all tell the Politicians to respect the people. Give respect to gain respect.

    will Monday, 26 March 2018 01:18 PM

    politically appointed back door director seems to be pleased his mentor politicians using his position of director, teachers, and here principals get joined and voiced against this political lackey director

    garawi Monday, 26 March 2018 01:25 PM

    In the fifties and sixties none of these political leaders were invited for government functions but the higher ups of the department or ministry,. Later the culture of inviting the politicians made them look very important and powerful !Most of the current politicians do not deserve any respect. Just imagine these drug dealers, womanizers,murderers, rapists being invited as chief guests in schools. What example do they give to the children. How can we respect them? They then think big of them and want people to worship them . The practice of the politicians getting chief guest invitation has to stop. Go back to the previous system .

    Janja Monday, 26 March 2018 01:29 PM

    Hay director Silva, grow some balls and a thick backbone, if its not too much to ask. You shouldrather have written your resignation.Shameless people like you are worse thanpolitician baffoons.

    Rasheed Monday, 26 March 2018 02:21 PM

    Another way to earn by the Politicians.

    REEZ Monday, 26 March 2018 02:55 PM


    Sunil Monday, 26 March 2018 05:34 PM

    Honour to whom dishonour is due. These morons should not be allowed inside school premises, and if seen should be chased away.

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