NGOs interfering in education policy: JVP

Posted on August 9, 2007  /  1 Comments

The JVP charged yesterday that some NGOs had interfered with the national education policy of the country in an unlawful manner by publishing teaching guidebooks and organizing essay competitions.
Posing a question to Education Minister Susil Premjayantha, in Parliament, JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti asked as to how the German enterprise GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit) had assisted in the publication of a teaching guide handbook of the Education Department of the Northern and Eastern provinces.
He said this book had been approved by Provincial Education Secretary R. Thiagalingam.
Mr. Handunnetti said there was also a note of appreciation in this handbook by Ilankumaran identifying himself as the education head of ‘Tamil Eelam’.
Mr. Premajayantha replied that such a book could not be published by the provincial authorities without Ministry permission.
Citing yet another instance JVP MP group leader Wimal Weerawansa charged that the National Anti War Front had organized an essay competition on power devolution among school children in some areas.
Mr.Weerawansa said the advertisement in this regard had already been put up on the notice boards of some schools.The minister replied that the school authorities had no right to act in this regard violating ministry circulars. Mr. Premajayantha agreed to look into the matter and take appropriate action shortly.

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