They were speaking at a meeting held at "Isurupaya" to discuss problems related to eastern Province Education. Minister Ferial Ashraff chaired the meeting. Secretary of Ministry of Education Dr. Tara de Mel Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Construction Industry Eastern Province Education and Irrigation Development Mallika Karunaratne, Senior Assistant Secretary of North East Province Ministry of Education M.M. Haniffa, and Education Ministry officials participated.
Minister Ferial Ashraff said 193 Sinhala langauge teachers had been recently appointed to schools in the Eastern Province. The minister said she has been made to understand that there had been malpractices in making the appointments. This matter had been brought to the notice of the Ministry of Education and a committee had been appointed to make necessary investigations and report.
She said in year 1994 Sinhala language trainee teachers were appointed to Tamil schools in the North East Province. Tamil langauge trainee teachers were appointed to Sinhala schools. Such teachers have not yet been made permanent and Secretary Ministry of Education declared that necessary action would be taken with regard.
Minister Ferial Ashraff said there was a shortage of English teachers in the Eastern Province. For the last 3 years some teachers are serving on contract basis and therefore the Education Ministry should train them to be given them permanent appointments. Most of the Schools in the North East Province have no permanent principals. Senior teachers are serving on acting basis and hence necessary action has to be taken to make the principals permanent, she said.
Minister said teachers and principals have been requesting for promotions for several years but the requests have not been considered. Therefore the Minister said their service and seniority should be considered at the next promotions scheme."