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Muslim children decry lack of Tamil teachers

[BBC, Monday, 22 August 2011 08:40 No Comment]

Parents say they were chased away when requested the examination officials to provide teachers who spoke and understood Tamil A group of students who sat for the year-five scholarship exam in north western Sri Lanka complain of serious difficulties to answer exam papers due to lack of Tamil language supervisors.

65 Tamil-medium school children have sat for the exam in Monnekulama Maha Vidayalaya in the Kurunegala district.

The children are students from Abukkagama Muslim Maha Vidyalaya and Galpanawa Muslim Vidayalaya.

Sinhala medium teachers could not answer when they raised queries, say children who sat for the exam Their parents have requested the examination officials on Sunday to provide teachers who spoke and understood Tamil.

Instead of meeting with their request, the officials chased them away, parents told journalist Prasad Purnimal Jaymanne who visited Monnekulama Maha Vidayalaya.

When the parents raised the issue after the exam, officials have called the police in.

Muslim children who sat for the exam told BBC Sandeshaya that the Sinhala medium teachers could not answer when they raised queries with regard to the Tamil-medium question papers.

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