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The Education Ministry has decided to expel teacher trainees, who are found guilty of subjecting new comers to ragging at the National Colleges of Education, Minister Bandula Gunawardane said today.

Education Minister Gunawardane told the Daily Mirror that students with the second best Z-score marks at their Advanced Level Examinations are admitted to the National Colleges of Education to be trained as teachers.

“Students with the highest marks are admitted to the university system. Those with the second best results are admitted as teacher trainees to the National Colleges of Education. Unlike university students, these teachers have job security.  They are absorbed into the permanent cadre after their training programmes. They are required to guide school children in the right direction. How can they be exemplary by being cruel to their junior batches at the colleges?” he asked.

The Minister said that such teacher trainees were only suspended from their studentship earlier as a punishment for harassing their juniors in the guise of ragging.

“Now, we have decided to expel such errant teacher trainees. Otherwise, we can't instill discipline into the system. The circular announcing such stringent punishments will be released soon. I have instructed my secretary to work on it,” he said.

The Minister said that numerous cases of inhumane forms of ragging were reported from the National Colleges of Education in recent times.

"In some cases, freshers have been forced to eat dirt. We cannot tolerate such acts any further. Errant trainees  should be sent home so that the students who are next in line can be admitted,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • gorakaya Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:34 AM

    There shouldn't be any ragging anywhere at all.
    Thos who rag freshers should be dealt with harshly.
    Ragging is simply bullying, and bullying should not be allowed anywhere, whether it is workplace, shcool, or university.

    Say no to bullying.

    W.Y.RAMBUKWELLE Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:31 AM

    I FULLY AGREE WITH YOUR DECISION FOR HARASSING THE JUNIORS .

    MINIMUM PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE EXPULSION WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    I WISH THE MINISTER GOOD LUCK.

    MARTHA DISSANAYAKE Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:57 AM

    I HONOUR THE MINISTER MR. BANDULA GUNAWARDENE

    FOR THE DECISION TAKEN TO EXPEL THE SENIOR TEACHER TRAINEES FOR HARASSING THE JUNIORS AND THEN THE JUNIORS( NOW ) WILL LEARN GOOD LESSON.

    CONGRATULATIONS ! MINISTER GUNAWARDENA.

    GOOD LUCK.

    Sunil Lanka Tuesday, 31 January 2012 04:07 AM

    What about the Minister and his educational hench administrators ragging the AL Students by faulty Z score calculation. THIS IS THE WORST RAG OF AL students at all times. Some tution gurus fail to see this

    nikita Tuesday, 31 January 2012 04:07 AM

    Good move, They should not only expel but dealt under the normal civil low of harnessing the people. Media should publish the photos of those as well.

    chitra Monday, 30 January 2012 04:54 PM

    Minister,Mr.Bandula Gunawardana,Your idea is excellent.It is about time that Srilanka had Laws and Rules to match the standards of the Western world.I felt extremely happy to read it.It is extremely unfortunate for the youngsters to suffer like this.Not only the youngsters,their parents too have to suffer.

    Herby Padmaperuma Monday, 30 January 2012 05:54 PM

    Mr. Minister Bandula G, hats off to you for having the back bone
    to take a very timely decision, in the back drop of the utter inhuman chaos prevailing particuarly in higher studies instittions. As regards the inhuman hooligans that mete out inhuman treatent to innocent new entrants, please hae them arrsted,assaulted if found necessary, reamand, proecute ad sack from the Educational Institutes.You wll be performing a yeomen service to eduction and the would be undergraduates.

    Sena Monday, 30 January 2012 09:06 PM

    Ragging is a form of sadistic behaviour resorted to by a minute fraction of the students. It is a matter for great regret that the vast majority of the student population who do not condone this indecent behaviour in their midst choose to remain silent observers without taking any collective action to bring an end to the recurring disgrace.

    Mervyn Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:17 AM

    It is a very good step taken by the Minister of Education. The ragging maniac should be eradicated from Institutions of Higher Education. The students behind this ragging should be punished for the indecent and inhuman acts that the seniors demand from the newcomers.


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