Education - Articles

February 11, 2001
Place: Kilinochchi

Source: TamilNet
Kilinochchi schools face acute teacher shortage
Tamil schools in Kilinochchi district with an attending student population of 34,300 is short of 970 teachers, said P. Ariyaratnam, Director of Education, Kilinochchi, yesterday when speaking as Chief Guest at the price giving ceremony at Bharathi Vidyalayam. He added that Sri Lankan Government's unwillingness to make timely appointments is one of the reasons for the present staff shortage. [ Full Story ]
December 4, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
CTTU requests lifting ban on school materials
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) is to ask the new Education Minister Susil Premjayanth to take immediate steps to lift the ban imposed on the transportation of all materials needed for teaching to schools in the uncleared areas in the northeast province. [ Full Story ]
July 7, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
CTTU members strike
Schools in the northeast province did not function Friday as Tamil medium principals and teachers in the northeast province went on a one-day strike. Students did not attend schools responding to an appeal made by the Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU). The protest was supported by Ceylon Muslim Teachers Union and Muslim Teachers Congress. [ Full Story ]
January 19, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Teachers urge action on Tamil text books
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) has requested the Minister of Education and Higher Education to take stern disciplinary action against the Department of Educational Publications for failing to print and distribute text books to Tamil medium schools in the northern province in time. [ Full Story ]
July 30, 1999
Place: Colombo

Source: TamilNet
Colombo students demonstrate
Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala students of the Art faculty of Colombo University have been jointly staging a demonstration in front of their faculty today, demanding the Sri Lankan government take steps to hold GCE examinations in the Vanni, when schools elsewhere sit for papers. [ Full Story ]
July 30, 1999
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Vavuniya students protest
The senior students of five schools in Vavuniya town area staged a demonstration today, demanding the opening of an access route to the Vanni and the conduction of the Advanced Level examinations in the region, just as in other areas of Sri Lanka. [ Full Story ]
July 29, 1999
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
Teachers and students protest in Vavuniya
Several teaching uniouns picketed outside the Education Zonal offices in Vavuniya today demanding full payment of risk allowance and the balance of salary arrears for shool principals. [ Full Story ]
June 5, 1999
Place: Hill Country

Source: TamilNet
Students protest over shortage of teachers
Students of the College of Education at Patana in the hill country, who are protesting against the school´s management for dismissing 8 of their colleagues, have been ordered to vacate the college hostel by tomorrow morning by the Senior Superintendent of Police in Nuwara Eliya, sources said. [ Full Story ]
March 6, 1999
Place: North-East

Source: TamilNet
"North-east students educational needs ignored"
"We are unable to send text books, stationery, uniforms, furniture and equipment to about 100,000 of our children who are in Vanni. How can we have science practicals for G.C.E. A/L or other grade students without science equipment? Can we think of implementing reforms satisfactorily and reducing disparities and bringing about equality of opportunity under these conditions" said Mr.Sundaram Divakalala secretary to the North-eastern provincial Ministry of Education. [ Full Story ]
February 8, 1999
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: TamilNet
Teachers protest 'distorted history' in textbooks
The 20,000 member-strong Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU) is demanding the immediate withdrawal of the Year 6 Tamil text book for Enviormental Studies from the use of Tamil medium students as it consists of articles distorting the history of Tamils in the island. [ Full Story ]
February 7, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
One-fifth Jaffna children do not attend schools -survey
In a survey conducted in the Jaffna district between November,1997 and May,1998 by a eight-member team headed by Professor Dr.N.Sivarajah, Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Jaffna University, it has been found that 20.1 percent of the school-going children in the Jaffna district are not attending schools. [ Full Story ]
January 9, 1999
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
Vanni students said facing hardships
The North-Eastern Provincial Council (NEPC) is unable to transport school equipment to the Vanni said the Secretary of the Educational Ministry of the Council. He was speaking at a ceremony held at the Uvarmalai Vivekanantha College in Trincomalee in connection with the inauguration of educational reform there. [ Full Story ]
December 9, 1998
Place: Tamil Eelam

Source: TamilNet
Schools in Northeast Neglected
Mr. R. Sambanthan, TULF parliamentarian for the Trincomalee district, said in parliament yesterday that Tamil medium schools in the Northeast province were being neglected and that Tamil medium teachers were discriminated against. [ Full Story ]
December 3, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: TamilNet
Tamil medium education neglected
Technical education in the Tamil medium has been relegated to the lowest priority and is completely neglected in Sri Lanka charged Mr. T.Mahasivam, general secretary of the Ceylon Tamil teachers Union today in a statement. [ Full Story ]
October 9, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilNet
'Jayasikurui' affects 15000 school children - union
At least 70 schools in the Vanni region have been either destroyed or closed down due to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA)'s ongoing 'Operation Jayasikurui', said the teachers union in Karathuraippattu, Kilinochchi district. [ Full Story ]
May 4, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: LTTE press release
141 Tamil schools closed by sinhalese military attacks!
All schools from Vanni are now engaged in cleaning-up roadsides and public places to mark the annual students week which began on June 1 and ends on June 6. Students can be seen watering flower plants and planting fresh. Public places like schools, market, and temple grounds are also being swept and fences repaired. Students have also taken a special interest in cleaning the national heroes burial grounds. On June 1, students, teachers and the headmaster of Kanakarayan Barathy Vidyasalai went to Akkarayan government hospital and cleaned the place. The hospital authorities praised the school for the help. [ Full Story ]
January 25, 1998
Place: Valaichchenai

Source: TamilNet
Tamil school closes following army fire
Karuvankeni Vigneswaram School in Valaichchenai (Batticaloa) remains closed after the Sinhalese army continually opened fire at the Tamil school. Parents have refused to send their children there as they fear the army could harm them. [ Full Story ]
August 24, 1997
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: TamilNet
Military operations affect 12,500 Tamil students
Sri Lanka has stopped Tamil students in Mullaitivu from obtaining school uniforms, textbooks and exercise books, which are supplied free to schools in Sinhala areas. [ Full Story ]
August 19, 1997
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilCanadian
14,000 Young Children Staying Away From School
The Sinhalese military occupation of Jaffna has led to an extremely worrying situation with regard to education. It is estimated that some 14,000 children between year 2 and year 5 are not being sent to classes because parents feel the peninsula is neither safe enough under military rule, nor are there any facilities available for children since the army occupation began. Under the indigenous LTTE administration of Jaffna, educational facilities for the very young were plentiful and special educational care was provided to children of these ages. [ Full Story ]
August 4, 1997
Place: Kanakarayankulam

Source: TamilCanadian
Tamil School Burnt Out
The Kanakarayankulam maha vidyalam (school) and everything inside is completely burnt out from sustained Sri Lankan army shelling and aerial bombing. Mi24s and Kfir jets regularly targeted the school building which is now in ruins. Throughout their genocidal assault Sinhala armed forces have deliberately focused artillery and bombs on Tamil schools, places of worship and public buildings. [ Full Story ]
June 26, 1997
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: TamilNet
School books denied to Tamil children
Sri Lanka's education department has kept back 60% of the school books it is obliged to give to Tamil school children in Mullaitivu. Even the small amount that has arrived has come half a year too late, rendering the scheme virtually meaningless. Headmasters and teachers are in a quandary about how to distribute the meagre supply among the hard-done children. The Sri Lankan government, while professing to be ethnically-neutral, routinely withholds items - even those donated by international agencies - from the Tamil people. [ Full Story ]
February 20, 1997
Place: Vavuniya

Source: TamilNet
School books stopped at Vavuniya
Military authorities in Vavuniya have confiscated all the school books that were destined for Tamil children in Kilinochchi. [ Full Story ]
0, 1981
Place: Jaffna

Source:
Destruction of Jaffna Public Library - 1981
"...a large group of police (estimated variously from 100-200) went on rampage on the nights of May 31-June 1 (1981) and June 1-2 burning the market area of Jaffna, the office of the Tamil Newspaper, the home of the member of Parliament for Jaffna and the Jaffna Public Library... the destruction of the Jaffna Public Library was the incident which appeared to cause the most distress to the people of Jaffna... the 95,000 volumes of the Public Library destroyed by the fire included numerous culturally important and irreplaceable manuscripts... The government should lead a major national and international effort to rebuild and develop the Jaffna Public Library destroyed by arson by police in June 1981. Such an effort would evidence the respect the government for the cultural rights of the Tamils, help to remedy a serious injustice done to the Tamil community and contribute to restoring Tamil confidence in the government." [ Full Story ]