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* Education sector union in Sri Lanka threatens legal action against Ministry
Tue, Dec 24, 2013, 09:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 24, Colombo: A trade union affiliated to Sri Lanka's education sector has threatened to take legal action against the Ministry of Education for depriving students from entering into leading schools in the country by terminating the Grade 5 Scholarship.

The Ceylon Teachers' Union (CTU) says that the number of students currently admitted to popular schools have been limited.

CTU General Secretary, Joseph Stalin said that although the Education Minister has claimed an increase in the number of students who pass the Grade 5 scholarship examination and switch schools, the number of students admitted to popular schools have been limited.

He explained that while there are approximately 30 popular schools in the country, they have reduced the intake of students who pass the scholarship examination and these schools do not accept most of the applications sent by Grade 5 scholarship winners.

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena recently said the government has decided to stop the Grade 5 scholarship exam from 2016 as a portal to enter leading schools since under the Ministry's 1,000 secondary schools development programme, which would be completed by then, most schools in the country would be better equipped with facilities and staff.

Grade 5 Scholarship Examination is criticized for its highly competitive nature but it is the only way available to most of the intelligent but less privileged students to enter leading schools in the country.

However, the union leader said the CTU will initiate legal action if the Education Ministry fails to address the issue.

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