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Halt disparities, says President

Jul 25, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged relevant authorities to act immediately to halt disparities in teacher deployment in order to maintain equity in resources in all schools whether it is urban or rural. The President made these observations addressing a gathering following the declaring open the Sri Lanka - Singapore Friendship College in Weeraketiya funded by the Singapore Red Cross Society and pioneered by the Singapore Sinhala Association. The President was of the opinion that the States efforts to deploy the required number of teachers equitably are being defeated by influential sectors including politicians who connive with teachers who dodge the responsibility of serving in schools not of their choice. "When I visit various areas I find that some areas have a surplus of teachers and certain others have a shortage. Also it has been brought to my notice that this anomaly is partly due to the fact that certain teachers have been released to work with politicians\influential figures and in Zonal Educational Offices", President Rajapaksa observed. "Recently authorities said that there was a large shortage of teachers in the East and I sent the required numbers. But now they are telling again that there is a shortage. This is because some who were deployed earlier has got transferred themselves to other areas of their choice", he said. The President said that it was time for relevant stakeholders to do an extensive study on the matter and come out with a balance teacher deployment mechanism in order to alleviate inequity in distribution.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/07/26/news02.asp