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Trained teachers receive appointments today

By Hiranyada Dewasiri

 

Following a lengthy delay, a total of 3,772 diploma-holding prospective teachers from National Colleges of Education or teacher training colleges are to receive their formal school appointments today (18).

Ministry of Education Additional Secretary of Establishment P.K.S. Subodhini told The Morning yesterday (17) that appointment letters of teachers selected for national schools have been sent to the respective school principals

through provincial education directors. Appointments for schools under provincial councils will also be made by provincial councils today (18), it was learnt.

“The Ministry sent all the appointment letters to provincial education directors on Wednesday (13). The teachers appointed to national schools will receive their letters of appointment from school principals and provincial councils will hand over the letters of appointment to teachers appointed to provincial council schools.”

She also said that the teachers’ distance to the school from their area of residence was also considered when making the selections. “We tried our best to give them schools that were close to their place of residence.”
Subodhini added that there will be no ceremony of handing over appointments due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.

A delay in the process of formally appointing 3,772 diploma-holding prospective teachers who entered National Colleges of Education in 2016 and issues that had arisen due to teachers having to declare their preference for schools outside of their provinces of residence, led to a demonstration that took place on 4 January in front of the Ministry of Education in Isurupaya, Battaramulla. The demonstration was organised by the Ceylon Teachers’ Services Union (CTSU) along with prospective teachers awaiting their appointments.

 

Following the demonstration, a letter was issued by Subodhini that these formal appointments will be made today (18). The Western Provincial Council has requested teachers to come collect their appointment letters today, CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe told The Morning yesterday (17). Though the teachers are being given their appointments, Jayasinghe said that there were issues of teachers being given schools that are not close to them. “Teachers from Puttalam have been given Kurunegala schools and teachers from Ampara have been given schools in Trincomalee. Due to Covid-19, these teachers might face issues in finding lodging close to their schools. We hve requested these teachers to appeal to the relevant authorities to get their appointments changed and the CTSU will make an intervention in this regard if one is needed.”

Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris and Ministry of Education Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera had announced earlier that the appointments would be made before 31 December 2020. However, appointments had not been made by this deadline because of technical difficulties faced by the Ministry of Education’s online school selection platform, it was learnt.