Posted on 05.07.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Ten female school teachers within the Western Province were denied form entering their schools and there by obstructed fulfilling their assigned duties as government employees.
Parents of Puwakpitiya Tamil Maha Vidyalaya have prevented the female school teachers from entering the school owing to their wearing of hijabs, on Tuesday morning. The members of the School Development Society who were at the gate told the teachers that they will be allowed inside the school premises only if they wear saris. They have alleged that those who are wearing the hijab are supporters of the terrorists.
Western Province Governor Azath Salley intervened to transfer 10 Muslim female teachers to various schools in his province, when they were prohibited from entering the school since they were wearing the traditional Hijab on Tuesday. The teachers said that they cannot go to the school , where they were refused admission. Listening to the grievances of the teachers, the governor summoned the officials from the ministry of education for an urgent meeting in the presence of the aggrieved teachers.
The meeting was attended by Provincial Director of Education P. Srilal Nonis, Secretary of Provincial Education S.J. Wijebandu and Principal of Puwakpiitya Tamil Maha Vidyalaya P. Manoharan.