28 September, 2020

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Law College In All Time Low Due To Rampant Elitism And Favouritism

Concerned parties have expressed grave concern over the present plight of the academic activities in Sri Lanka Law College, pointing out the once-prestigious education establishment has come to its ‘lowest standards during the recent past’.

De facto CJ

De facto CJ

The aggreived parties, blame the downfall of the SLLC on elitism and favouritism that is being promoted in appointing senior adminsitrative officials to the establishment by the Rajapaksas and the de facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris. The deterioration had began soon after the appointment of WD Rodrigo as its Principal who was at the center of criticism not so long ago for his act of welcoming President Rajapaksa‘s son – Namal with beetle leaves and for his role in Namal’s exceptional results despite not attending the lectures or examinations. His close links with the Rajapaksas are further established, when Rodrigo moves to Temple Trees as a ‘consultant’ following his removal from the position, which was then replaced by retired Supreme Court judge PA Ratnayaka by the de facto CJ who was then the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education But before long, Justice Ratnayaka left the position due to extreme pressure and Jayatissa De Costa – a card holding member of the SLFP was thereafter appointed as the Principal under the direction of President Rajapaksa without any consultation of the Council of Legal Education. Respectively, the CJ then appointed two of his close allies Nigel Hatch PC as a member of the Council and Retired SC Judge Shiranee Tilakawardane as a consultant. These two individuals are infamous for publicly criticising and ridiculing the practise of law being taught in non-English enviornments and are also well known for making a mockery out of students and lawyers who have attended rural schools or are not fluent in English. Similarly, several other appointments based on favouritism have been made to the Law College including the appointment of retired High Court judge Edirisinghe who is closely linked with the de facto CJ, to be in charge of examinations. Colombo Telegraph learns that just few days ago, 20 CCTV cameras were installed in various locations within the SLLC premises under the direction of the de facto CJ and Shiranee Tilakawardane. Among the other bizarre events that have taken place following the appointments of these individuals includes the ousting of a student who was wearing slippersout of the Law College by Hatch who had thereafter brought in a new rule directing the security staff not to allow any students in slippers, into the Law College premises. Furthermore, it has also been pointed out that the mode of examinations has also undergone interesting changes. Recently, while the examinations were continuing the questions had been changed in five subjects. In the Law of Property paper, an invigilator had pointed out two questions that were inaccurate nad had instead dictated two other questions that were newly introduced. Meawhile, among the other issues that have been highlighted as a result of the rampant elitism and favouritism prevalent within the SLLC includes the paper setter of the Constitutional law question paper being replaced by an official attached to the Attorney General’s Department for no apparent academic reason.

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    Now, Now, there’ll be no squealing in the Hulftsdorf pig sty!

    It’s just the Brown Sahibs doing their best to keep the status quo of the English speaking sahib class.

    DID YOU KNOW: In the competitive exam for admission to the 2013 academic year, students sitting in the Tamil medium took the top three places.

    25 of the first 40 were from the Tamil medium.

    27 of the first 40 were women.

    Afterwards, it all went downhill for our Tamil brethren. Must have been the rarefied air on the hill.

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    Corruption at the Law College.

    Tamil students get top places.

    What are you asking us to infer?

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    For nearly sixty years we have perpetuated the anachronistic conducting of courses in a language that is not the mother tongue of over 99% of the population. However, at the Sri Lanka law college, we have persisted with courses and training in English. The playing field is not level; students following the Sinhalese and Tamil streams are disadvantaged by the inadequate support given in BOTH of the national languages. Those who chose to follow the well resourced English stream have a clear advantage – unfair?. Over the years, those charged with running the college, tutors and administrators, have gravitated to favouring the ‘smarter’ urban candidates able to cut it in English. Plus ça change….

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    This is a joke. I went to University of Colombo throughout in slippers. I became a lecturer but I did not change my attire. I guess Nigel Hatch has never gone to a University. All I know is that Nigal and Shiranne Tilakawardana are madly against rural poor. Thank you CT for pointing to this.

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    Nothing wrong in wearing slippers to go and buy bread or super market, but in a education institute there must be a proper dress code.University has gone to the dogs because there is no decepline among lectures and students follow the same nonsence.

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    “The deterioration had began soon after the appointment of WD Rodrigo as its Principal who was at the center of criticism not so long ago for his act of welcoming President Rajapaksa‘s son – Namal with beetle leaves “
    What is the big deal? Even the disgraced ex-CJ went up to the stage and congratulated him on his ‘wonderful’ achievement (Real wonder, here) Yes, of course, that was BEFORE she was booted out and lost her perks.

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    While all this injustice is happening to Tamil students what do the tamil members of the Council of legal education doing ? Maybe just planning how to make more money !

    In a way as we have English law so it is good that we learn the law in that language. The lawyers from non- English speaking backgrounds are generally failures with no understanding of legal principles.They are only happy when they stage protests wearing black coats. In the magistrates court they are just only interested in their fees. Remember how the chief of legal profession Shirani Bandaranayake used her position to get a top job for her unemployed husband ? It was just like MR morality. First do for the family. Real village attitude. Neville Samarakone never did such things when he was CJ. Nor did respected CJs like TS Fernando and Victor Tennakone.

    Mohan Pieris is now trying to improve the standards of English in the law profession. How good is the English of those in the Council of legal education ? I think it must be the same as in the Parliament !

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    While all this injustice is happening to Tamil students what do the tamil members of the Council of legal education doing ? Maybe just planning how to make more money !

    In a way as we have English law so it is good that we learn the law in that language. The lawyers from non- English speaking backgrounds are generally failures with no understanding of legal principles.They are only happy when they stage protests wearing black coats. In the magistrates court they are just only interested in their fees. Remember how the chief of legal profession Shirani Bandaranayake used her position to get a top job for her husband ? It was just like MR morality. First do for the family. Real village attitude.Nevile Samarakone never did such things when he was CJ. Nor did respected CJs like TS Fernando and Victor Tennakone.

    Mohan Pieris is now trying to improve the standards of English in the law profession. How good is the English of those in the Council of legal education ? I think it must be the same as in the Parliament !

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