By Ishara Rathnakara
Several Teachers Unions yesterday called for the resignation of Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena stating that he should step down immediately. The Ceylon Teachers Union secretary Joseph Stalin speaking in front of the Supreme Court after the ruling to re-calculate 2011 GCE Advance Level results stated that a Minister who had ruined the education of students should not be kept as the Education Minister any further.
We received a historic judgement today, although the 2011 GCE Advance Level results were delayed till 25 December and university academics, parents and everyone else said the A/L results were wrong, the Education and Higher Education Minister did not accept this, he added.
They played with more than 294,000 lives of students and teachers fought for and stood by their fundamental rights, Stalin said.
The CTU Secretary Joseph Stalin said the rights of the students had been violated, and questioned whether it was ethical for the Minister who violated the rights of the student to stay in that position. If it were another country, the Minister would have tendered his resignation by now, he said
Moreover Stalin added that of the 294,000 students who sat for the exams, 140,000 had applied for re-correction and the department had burdened the students with a Rs. 750 payment but had failed to release the results.