Kurunegala teachers demonstrate over action taken against principal

Kurunegala teachers demonstrate over action taken against principal

Written by Staff Writer

25 Feb, 2014 | 9:23 pm

The Kurunegala District Teachers and Principals’ Association says that they will refrain from advising students in the future. The association made this statement at a protest staged in Kurunegala on Tuesday.

This demonstration was organised to protest actions taken against the Principal of Sir John Kothalawala College in Kurunegala, over the suicide of a female student of the school.

This protest which saw the participation of teachers and principals from the Kurunegala District was held in the Kurunegala town. The teachers and principals who staged a silent protest marched from the Bauddhaloka Pirivena in Kurunegala to the clock tower.

Secretary of Sri Lanka Independent Principals’ Association, E.M. Gunapala following views: “If we go to give human rights and childrens rights in this way then children will have the space to do anything they want. When this happens, the future generation of this country will be destroyed.”

“This is not a good thing. At the same time the majority of teachers have resigned from the disciplinary boards of schools. Sectional heads have resigned from these positions. It has come to a situation where principals cannot run the school on their own. There is no one to resolve disciplinary problems at schools.”

President of Sri Lanka Independent Teachers’ Association (Kurunegala), Shantha Guruge also expressed his views on this matter:

“This has become a threat not just against a single principal but against all principals and the entire school system. Principals have fallen into trouble as a result of actions taken to discipline students and to maintain discipline. Teachers too have got into trouble.”

“The group engaged in this demonstration for about an hour and subsequently met with the Secretary of Education in the North Western Province.

 

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