Dec 06, Colombo: A trade union affiliated to Sri Lanka's education sector says that thousands of newly appointed principals are now working as teachers in schools island wide.
General Secretary of the Ceylon Teacher's Union (CTU), Joseph Stalin said that over 3,500 educators, appointed as principals since 2009 are now working as teachers under acting principals in many schools.
They have been recognized as second and third grade principals after they had passed the examination for principals. However, the government has failed to grant them proper appointments according to their qualifications, the union leader says.
"As a result, many new principals have to now work as ordinary teachers in schools where various political appointees without proper qualifications are operating as acting principals," Stalin said, adding that there are vacancies for qualified principals in the country that have not been filled for many years.