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Suspending of Unions is first step to privatisation of education: JVP

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The JVP alleged that the suspending of Students Unions of the Peradeniya University is the first step towards creating a conducive environment for the introduction of Privatisation of free education in the country. The JVP stated that the government’s suppression of the democratic rights of students would lead to bloodshed.

At a press conference held at the JVP headquarters politburo member of the party Sunil Handuneththi alleged that the suspension was a clear political move by the government. “The suspension of the constitutional rights of the students to assemble and be a part of a Union is a clear political move of the government towards the privatisation of education. We believe that the government is creating an atmosphere for the introduction of the Private universities bill in February next year, and these are the steps the government is taking to suppress democratic opposition,” he said. The for Parliamentarian went on to point out that history has taught this country how the suppression of students could lead to bloodshed.

The JVP also stated that the reasoning given by the Vice Chancellor for the suspension of the Unions were laughable. “The Vice Chancellor had stated that the actions of the Unions have brought the university into disrepute, there is nothing more laughable than this, when in fact it is the actions and policies of the government and its puppet administrators that have brought the universities into disrepute. The fact that there are faculties that have been created without building, the fact that students can’t pass out due to non-availability of lecturers and the very fact that uneducated men have been bestowed with doctorates are the very actions that have brought the universities and the education system of the country into disrepute,” he said.

Handuneththi went on to say that the JVP would continue to fight against the privatisation of universities and the rights of the students. “We will keep on fighting against this government’s undemocratic and draconian policies. We will force the government to ensure that basic rights of these student be protected,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)

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  • SL lover Friday, 23 December 2011 02:53 AM

    Higly agree with you...

    azath Friday, 23 December 2011 04:08 AM

    Unions do more harm than good

    Tharuka Friday, 23 December 2011 04:58 AM

    There is no privatisation of state universities. New act power for setup nonstate universities. Government is responsible for keep better quality higher education in Sri Lanka, whether it is state or nonstate. Private university act should be address the issues related recuiting students, lecturers, physical resources, degree awarding statues ect. A nonstate university should be approved at least 3 faculties. Otherwise, private sector will focus only medicine and IT. uneducated men have been bestowed with doctorates are seperate issue.

    Wara Thursday, 22 December 2011 10:57 AM

    Union thahanam karapu ekata hungak dukai neda ?

    ampare son Thursday, 22 December 2011 10:58 AM

    Give to your opinion for quality education. private or government university dosent matter.

    M S Nandapala Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:27 AM

    Do not subpress the rights of many others to get university education by protesting against private universities. If other countries can have them, why they are bad for us. Our JVP friends should understand the feelings of many people of this country. Conditions are different now. People are more educated and lke to have better education for their children. They have lost confidence on government universities and JVP and unions also are responsible for this situation.

    kondebendapucheena Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:45 AM

    JVP and ISUF is disgrace to entire Education system


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