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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

Muslims get teaching appointments in the plantation sector

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 11 May, ( In the future, Muslims who have obtained a Credit Pass for Islam in the Ordinary level examination can apply for teacher posts in the plantation sector.

The Sri Lankan Government has agreed to accommodate 600 teaching
appointments for Muslims in the plantation sector, Kandy District
Parliamentarian Fiaszer Musthapha told the “Asian Tribune.”

Musthapha, who is also a Special Coordinator to President Mahinda Rajapakse noted that 'this was a great victory for his community, and it was something many Muslim political parties had failed to do.

Mid last year, during the tenure of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga as president, the Muslim community accused the government of betraying the Muslims with the calling of applications for Class 3 Grade (2) in the Sri Lanka Teachers II) in the Sri Lanka Teachers Service to serve in Tamil Schools located in the plantation sector in the Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Matale, Badulla, Monaragala, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Colombo,
Kalutara, Matara, Galle and Kurunegala.

This incident also strained the Musthapha - Arumugam Thondaman
friendship. The Muslim community also made a representation to
Musthapha protesting on the discrimination. The matter was then taken up by him and several meetings in this regard were held recently with Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, who had then agreed to accommodate Musthapha's request.

- Asian Tribune -

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