Teachers threaten legal action over unfair transfers
Teachers are threatening to go to Court challenging the transfers recently made by the ministry. They allege that it was in violation of the Teachers’ Transfer Policy. General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) Mahinda Jayasinghe told The unionslanka that although the education ministry announced that they transferred teachers, who worked over 20 years in one school, some teachers who had worked only for 2 – 3 years in one school had also been transferred. He said that according to the teachers’ transfer policy, a teacher could serve only eight years in one school, but a teacher who worked in Hungama Vijayaba College, in the Hambantota District, for only three years was transferred to the Kalawana National School. That teacher conducted over 35 classes a week, Jayasinghe said. He said that a 58–year–old teacher was transferred to the Hungama Vijayaba College from Ratnapura Ferguson Balika, but teachers over 57 years of age could not be transferred, according to the Teachers’ Transfer Policy. Citing another example, he said a teacher who handed over retirement papers from Meegalewa Maha Vidyalaya, in the Kurunegala District, in October last year had been transferred to Eppawala Maha Vidyalaya. Jayasinghe said that those were only some examples, but such things happened countrywide. "We asked the government to set up teacher transfer boards before it made transfers, but they didn’t do so," he said. Jayasinghe said that a teacher serving in the Hingurakgoda Maha Vidyalaya was already in the process of filing a fundamental rights petition and the CTSU would file a separate case.