The Ministry of Foreign Employment Development and Welfare has said that a large crowd had arrived in Colombo despite action being initiated to hand over application forms for an aptitude examination for jobs in South Korea.
A tense situation arose outside Police Park on Havelock Road where a number of people had flocked to the Police Park Centre seeking to secure application forms. The Minister emphasized that this situation had arisen due to the negligence of the applicants.
Last year application forms were issued at 13 Centres. However, this time the Ministry had initiated action to distribute application forms at 28 Centres. However, there was congestion in Colombo as many young men and women from distant areas had flocked to Colombo without visiting Centres established in the Districts. The situation had surfaced after a clear statement being issued through the media a few days ago.
The Korean Government has decided to issue applications for the aptitude test on behalf of 42,000 jobs this year. Also the youth do not have a proper awareness in duly filling these application forms. As such the officials had to summon them in batches and educate them in filling the applications. The Media Secretary of the Employment Ministry said this had resulted in congestion opposite the Police Headquarters. Pointing out that application forms would be issued until the 11th of this month, the Ministry said these were not job application forms.