The Colombo government has been systematically neglecting the development of Tamil schools in the North and East provinces and the trend has been evident in the proposed 2012 budget proposals now being debated in the Sri Lankan parliament, says Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian P. Selvaraja.
The SL government is solely concentrating on its militarization of school administration by conferring principals with ‘Colonel’ titles, the TNA MP Mr.Selvarajah further blamed while participating in the budget debate in the SL parliament.
After the end of 2009 war, the SL government has been providing army training to students under the guise of ‘leadership training’ and it has been extended to civil servants irrespective of their age, he said.
“School principals in the south are conferred with title Colonel.”
Only three Sinhala medium schools in the North and East are included in Mahindothaya 1000 schools Development Programme of the government.
Schools destroyed due to Tsunami disaster in the Eastern province are still not rehabilitated.
The Colombo government gives more importance to Sinhalese schools and not to Tamil schools in its development programme, the Tamil parliamentarian blamed.