2ND LEAD (Correction)

Employment discrimination in educational sector in East

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 April 2019, 23:39 GMT]
Tamil teachers in Batticaloa complain that the unitary system of the SL State is institutionally discriminatory as it wants to favour employment and infrastructure to Sinhala language schools while satisfying Tamil-speaking Muslims with compromises at the expense of allocations to Tamils in the Eastern province. Out of 349 teaching appointments provided to graduates in the Eastern province, 278 went to schools operating in Sinhala language and a further 7 were bilingual Sinhala medium teachers. Only 7 were Tamil medium teachers while 57 were bilingual Tamil medium teachers.

The appointments were announced on 26 March at a function at Orr's Hill Vivekananda College on 26th March.

Furthermore, two new education zones are being carved out under the pretext of bringing focus to deprived areas in Ampaa'rai, Tamil teachers said. An ethnic-oriented approach is behind the scheme, they further complained.

Poththuvil education zone is separated from Akkaraip-pattu and Uhana is to be demarcated as a separate zone from Ampaa'rai educational zone in early May.

There are 17 Zonal Education Offices and one Sub Zonal Education Office operating in the East at the moment.

The SL Governor to Eastern Province M.L.M. Hizbullah and the Provincial Director of Eastern Province M.K.M. Mansoor are collaborating with Sinhala officials, the Tamil teachers complained.

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