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* Teachers' union in Sri Lanka accuses Western Province Chief Minister of interfering with teacher transfers
Wed, Dec 25, 2013, 08:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 25, Colombo: An education sector trade union in Sri Lanka has accused the Western Province Chief Minister of interfering with teacher transfers in the province.

The Ceylon Teacher Services Union (CTSU) has accused Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga of interfering with teacher transfers by using political influence to override directives of the Teacher Transfer Board.

The Teacher Transfer Board is responsible for teacher transfers in the provinces.

General Secretary of the CTSU, Mahinda Jayasinghe said that the Chief Minister has issued a list of names of teachers to be transferred in the province.

He noted that Chief Minister has listed 179 teachers to be transferred.

The trade union leader explained that the Teacher Transfer Board consisting of representatives of teachers' unions and the Provincial Education Director is functional and has the legal mandate of transferring teachers in the provinces.

Jayasinghe stressed that the teacher trade unions will boycott the Teacher Transfer Board if the objections raised against the Western Province Chief Minister's interference in teacher transfers are not effectively addressed.

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