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Minister of Higher Education S.B. Dissanayake speaking to Daily Mirror online stated that certain lecturers were behind yesterdays protest and had instigated the students to behave in the way they did. He further stated that the students involved in acts of intimidation must be expelled.

The Minister said that during yesterdays protest four persons including two lecturers and two members of the non academic staff were assaulted by the students and are currently receiving treatment at the Kandy Hospital. "The background of this university is a very brutal one with many students involved in ragging. This university has been responsible for the deaths of students.

Therefore they need to be curtailed. These students don’t even have a proper slogan, they can protest against the establishing of private universities, that I understand, but this is just one slogan they are hiding behind. The other requests that they have put forward which include an establishing of a management faculty are unrealistic, both the students and the academics know this,” he said.

The Minister went on state that a certain section of the lecturers were directly responsible for the incidents that took place yesterday. “There are lecturers that I know of who are personally responsible for the situation that arose. They had continued to assist the raggers over the years and it is the few of them who are to be held responsible together with the unions,” he said.

The outspoken Minister went on to state that he agrees with the decision of the Vice Chancellor and the council to suspend all Student Unions. “I think they took the right decision, if the students continue with this sort of thing it is their parents who will take to the streets,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)

  Comments - 16

  • kan Thursday, 22 December 2011 06:49 AM

    Then why don;t you lecture the lecturers?

    PREM Thursday, 22 December 2011 07:31 AM

    dont play your outspoken talents with students. Its ok fro politics.

    Rahmathullah Thursday, 22 December 2011 05:49 PM

    If you continue to be the Minister for Higher Education, soon there will be Universities in Sri-Lanka without students and lecturers!

    Kangarro Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:01 AM

    Nobody is good

    upul Sunday, 25 December 2011 10:02 AM

    Will make 6- Months Sunday school compulsory for all undergrads.

    Black Mamba Friday, 23 December 2011 01:33 AM

    Well, who better to know of it!!!

    ampareson Friday, 23 December 2011 02:24 AM

    we need Quality education. private or government dosent matter.

    Nodrog Thursday, 22 December 2011 09:17 AM

    Simple solution is to expell anyone creating trouble and others will in line pronto!

    RD Friday, 23 December 2011 04:27 PM

    Sri Lanka need more foreign universities,,,

    Daniele Samuel Thursday, 22 December 2011 10:48 AM

    Come on Minister, you said ragging problem is forever solved after the training given to new entrants in the military camps. what went wrong...this year is one of the worst!!

    krishan Friday, 23 December 2011 10:31 PM

    whose going to pay poor kids.

    PREM Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:06 AM

    Is it to expel the honourable minister?

    Tharuka Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:32 AM

    Why establishing of a management faculty in Peradeniya is unrealistic? It is highly needed. Today management education is highly needed. Peredeniya has all other major faculties. If government provides resources, it would realistics. President should look this matter

    Harrison Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:33 AM

    Expel all the students and get model students, Give a chance to the brightest students from the whole country without having Z scores. Then we will not have a problem of unemployed graduates too, because the best of the best will be in the university.

    jainul abdeen Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:36 AM

    now what is the real problem here? Is government going to privatize local Universities? Or government going to allow foreign universities to operate here?

    1st Year Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:53 AM

    First year students can't do anything when hundreds of seniors forcing them to participate in pickets & other things. But after this year you people will see a difference.


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