Ceylon Teachers’ Union raises concern on threatened School System amidst COVID-19 contagion 

Ceylon Teachers’ Union raises concern on threatened School System amidst COVID-19 contagion 

13 July 2020 04:00 am

In the wake of the new waves of COVID-19 due to carriers linking to the Kandakadu Rehab Centre, the school system of Sri Lanka is in danger, Ceylon Teachers' Union emphasised.

Issuing a statement on Sunday (12), Union Secretary Joseph Stalin said that a student of Rajanganaya Yaya 01 school contracted the virus, whilst 70 other students are being quarantined, and students and a teacher of Gonapeenuwala Saralankara Vidyalaya have also been referred to the procedure amidst the risk of the contagion, as the personnel attached to the Kandakadu Rehab Centre have returned to their homes in many places of the country. 

In compliance with the health directives, the Education Secretary stressed that only students of Grades 05, 11 and 13 should be returned to schools and his instructions also included that teachers should be arriving in classrooms thirty minutes before the beginning of a period and should be leaving sooner the teachings are concluded in a measure to prevent unnecessary assemblies within school premises, Stalin reminisced, thereby revealing that some provincial and regional authorities, as well as principals, have ignored these instructions in an arbitrary move to act by will endangering the entire school system. 

These arbitrary actions involve the principal of Rajanganaya Yaya 01 school, in which the positive-student was found, who summoned all students back to school by acting beyond the Health Secretary's instructions, and the principal of Gonapeenuwala Saralankara Vidyalaya, who recalled an unnecessary number of teachers back to his, Stalin also disclosed. 

The same arbitrary move was followed by a number of regional and provincial education directors, Stalin revealed.  

Accordingly, a regional director in Gampaha has summoned every teacher attached to the region back for duty, the Union Secretary continued his disclosure. A teacher who was absent has been forwarded a letter of dismissal by the Colombo regional education director while intimidating other teachers, he added. 

Stalin also revealed that regional authorities, divisional directors and principals have acted in summoning back many teachers attached to schools in Welimada, Hambantota, Homagama, Jayawardenapura, Piliyandala, Mathale, Waththegama, Denuwara, Mahiyanganaya and Kandy, avoiding the instructions by the Ministerial Secretary. 

Therefore, the Ceylon Teachers' Union urge the board of ministers, who at the moment are battling against each other for preferential votes amidst the coming of a general election, to foster an immediate solution over this most inhuman attempt to risk the school system of Sri Lanka.