Every Northern Province school has been instructed to ensure that at least five teachers attend the special district committee meeting due to be held in Jaffna for which President Rajapaksa is to attend.
School authorities have been instructed to name at least five teachers who will be attending the meeting on Monday scheduled to be held at the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna and to submit their personal details. Teachers point out that forcing them to attend meetings in this manner is unethical and adds it is also unacceptable to be summoning them on a weekday as they would have to forgo academic duties to attend the event.
Moreover, female teachers who will be attending events, to which the President is attending, have been instructed to wear blue saris.
Meanwhile, Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran yesterday wrote to the President informing him of the decision made by the Board of Ministers and the Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council to boycott the special district committee meeting, pointing out they believe it is not held in the interests of the people but is politically motivated.
He also pointed out that the manner in which the meeting has been organized has undermined the authority and powers of the NPC adding it is a fine example of how the Provincial councils in the Northern and Eastern Province are nothing but mere hollow shells.
It has been reported that over 400 buses are to be deployed to transport people from the backwoods of the Northern province to attend the meeting in Jaffna and close to 20,000 people are to be awarded land permits during the event. NP Chief Minister has pointed out that the criteria through which families were chosen to be given lands remain dubious since he has not been informed of the procedure followed despite him being the provincial Minister in charge of land.