GMOA strongly opposes the appointment of Murutthettuwe Thera as the Chancellor of the University of Colombo

GMOA strongly opposes the appointment of Murutthettuwe Thera as the Chancellor of the University of Colombo

10 November 2021 09:28 am

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) says it is dissatisfied with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's decision to appoint Ven. Murutthettuwe Ananda Thera as the Chancellor of the University of Colombo.

"We did not even take advice from him. Also, the chancellor post is and getting advice is two separate things. A Chancellor should be able to safeguard the standard of education at a university. And you have to have administrative skills. Then there can be no conflict between the activities of this university strategically, how to connect with the world, how to produce the graduates required for education in the country through it, and personal ties. When the standard of educational institutions is calculated in the world, the structure of the academic staff and the administrative structure of the lecturers who provide education, their qualifications as well as the qualifications of the non-academic staff are evaluated. The opinion of the Government Medical Officers' Association is that the process is threatened by such appointments.

The Government Medical Officers' Association has decided to express our dissatisfaction and protest against the appointment and request to give him another post instead. ”

Dr. Naveen de Zoysa, Assistant Secretary of the Government Medical Officers' Association stated this addressing a media briefing held yesterday (09).