Appointment letters for unemployed grads: EC rejects Education Ministry appeal

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 3 2020

By Thameenah Razeek

The Election Commission (EC) has rejected the appeal from the Ministry of Education to hand over 15,000 appointment letters to unemployed graduates to fill existing vacancies in the Ministry.

Secretary to the State Ministry of Education, Ranjith Chandrasekara yesterday (2) said that EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has informed the Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma, that the Commission would not allow the implementation of such employment schemes during election campaign periods.

In a Media briefing previously, Alahapperuma had clarified that there is no political agenda behind the appointment letters.

Chandrasekara stated that Deshapriya in the letter has highlighted that the appointments can be made one to two weeks after the conclusion of the Parliamentary Election which will be held on 5 August.

It was also reported that 50,000 teachers are going on leave, while 16,000 are engaged in higher education and other academic studies, so overall there is a shortage of 66,000 teachers who need to report to work daily. 

The Election Commission stopped giving appointment letters to graduates on 2 March, but at the time 47,000 appointment letters were already given. 

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 3 2020

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