By Aisha Nazim
The Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) today claimed they cannot trust the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to do a thorough investigation regarding the scholarship exam papers being leaked.
Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today, CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said the CID was under the police, and that it was therefore doubtful if the CID would conduct an honest investigation, as the police seemed to serve only the UPFA.
“The police are supposed to serve the people, but from what we see these days, it seems as if they are only working to protect the current government. The police are also involved in spreading slander about our teachers’ union,” he alleged.
Instead of investigating the complaints and taking action against those who were responsible for selling out the results, the government is engaged in defending themselves and spreading slander against the teachers’ unions, he charged.
Furthermore, responding to a statement made by Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who said Jayasinghe was not a qualified teacher, Jayasinghe said he entered the teaching service in 1992, but was interdicted due to political reasons in 2009.
“There are claims that I did not apply for leave in 2008 while contesting for the elections and also that I did not apply for leave when I travelled abroad for trade union purposes that same year. These are mere political excuses, I had already applied for leave in the proper manner,” Jayasinghe claimed.