Minister, PSC tussle delays Principal appointments | Daily News

Minister, PSC tussle delays Principal appointments

It is difficult to move forward if the Public Service Commission (PSC) pulls by the leg of the Education Ministry, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said. Addressing the media at the Education Ministry auditorium in Battaramulla yesterday, the Minister said the Ministry should receive the due support of the PSC to ensure the smooth functioning of the Ministry.

While expressing his dissatisfaction over the actions of the

PSC relating to appointing principals to National Schools, the Minister said that there is no forward march when the PSC pulls the leg of the Education Ministry.

Kariyawasam speaking on the appointments of principals for National Schools said the entire process of filling principals’ vacancies to National Schools was carried out under the guidance and approval of the PSC.After reaching the final stage, it is hard to move forward due to the objection of the PSC. The Ministry is engaging in discussions with the PSC to seek ways to take the appointment process forward.

When he was asked what the objection is, he said that even if a Grade One, Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service (SLEAS) officer should be appointed as a Principal of a National School, only 12, Grade One SLEAS officers applied for the advertised vacancies in National Schools.”There are not enough Grade One SLEAS officers to man all 302 National Schools in the country. As there were not enough number of Grade One SLEAS applicants, the Ministry appointed Grade Two or Three SLEAS officers to National Schools,” he said.

“The entire process including preparing the marking scheme for the interview process was carried out under the guidance and approval of the PSC.After identifying many shortcomings of the existing marking scheme, a new marking scheme was prepared and it was also approved by the PSC,” the Minister said.

The Minister said that the Ministry is looking forward to settle the issue in discussions with the PSC. When the Minister was questioned about the readiness to abolish Grade Five scholarship examination he said that it is a good move taking the mental health of students into consideration.

“The scholarship examination can be scrapped only after introducing a new mechanism to recruit students to popular schools and make room for clever students in the rural areas to enter popular schools,” he said.



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