Sordid public utterances as Minister of Higher Education – observes Prof Ekanayake

Sordid public utterances as Minister of Higher Education – observes Prof Ekanayake

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Dec, 2014 | 10:39 pm

Writing a letter to Minister of Higher Education S.B. Dissanayake, Professor Ani Ekanayake – Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Dental Science, University of Peradeniya states that after watching Sirasa news recently, she was outraged to observe the minster’s crude and obscene reference to dashing a female political opponent on the floor, stripping her and sending her naked.

Professor Ani Ekanayake in a letter titled Crude and obscene language by a Minister of Higher Education” states that, “This may be the most recent example of disgusting public utterances by you as Minister Higher Education”

Professor Ekanayake recollects that in 2005 when S.B. Dissanayake was imprisoned, she played a leading role in drafting the bold press statement signed by 30 respected academic staff criticising the unfair judgment of the Chief Justice.

She however adds in the letter, “Now observing your sordid public utterances as Minister of Higher Education, I feel that you are unworthy of that principled dispassionate intervention on your behalf by decent members of the academic community.”

Professor Ani Ekanayake questions How a Higher Education Minister who makes such offensive public utterances presume to give leadership to the higher education sector?

She also adds that education ministers who make such crude and undignified public utterences can never command the respect of students – More likely they will deservedly evoke the ridicule and contempt of both students and teachers.

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