The Sunday Leader

Confusion Over Royal College Deputy Principal Transfer

By Dinouk Colombage

In an unprecedented move last year, the Deputy Principal of Royal College, Sumedha Jayaweera, was relieved of her duties and transferred to another school in Gampaha before being transferred to the Education Ministry all in the space of 24 hours. Several months later she was transferred to Thurstan College. These continuous transfers had been made despite no official charges being levelled against her nor has she been questioned over any allegations by the Public Services Commission (PSC).  Jayaweera was transferred from her post at Royal College on September 27, 2011 without any cause being shown. “I was first given a letter saying that I had been transferred to Bandaranaike College in Gampaha. Within 24 hours a new letter was delivered saying that I was not to report to Gampaha but instead to the Ministry of Education”, she explained. Jayaweera reported for duty at the Ministry under protest, while at the same time she filed an appeal over her transfer at the PSC. The confusion surrounding her transfer was highlighted through the fact that she was not officially appointed to any role in the Ministry until a month after she reported for duty. She was officially appointed Assistant Director of Education in November 2011. “I had filed three separate appeals at the PSC and not one of them was met with a response. Because of this I filed a Fundamental Rights petition at the Supreme Court. On the very first day of the case the Supreme Court described my transfer as arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable”, she said.
The court had sent their comments back to the PSC and instructed them to make a decision on her appeal.
However, according to Jayaweera, the PSC decided not to reappoint her at Royal College and instead transferred her to Thurstan College. “The PSC made their decision based on a statement by Upali Gunasekara (Principal of Royal College) in response to an inquiry that had been held against him after an anonymous petition was signed by the parent body”, she said.
The inquiry against the Principal was held prior to the transfer of Jayaweera, and she was not questioned or allowed to respond to any of the allegations levelled against her by Gunasekara.  Because of the questionable nature of the inquiry conducted by the PSC into the incident, Jayaweera filed an appeal at the Administration Appeals Tribunal (AAT). On August 30, 2012 the AAT took the decision that Jayaweera be re-appointed as Royal College Deputy Principal. She is expected to produce the decision to the Secretary of the Ministry of Education this week,.   Despite repeated attempts, the PSC Chairman was unavailable for comment. Secretary, Ministry of Education, Gotabaya Jayaratne too  refused to comment.

5 Comments for “Confusion Over Royal College Deputy Principal Transfer”

  1. hansan

    All reputed schools have there teachers for years and years, Passing there limited period, This may be because there influancial. But that is not fair they shoud be cerculated to rural schools too. There is something going on for them to stay in one school for so many years. Some bosses may be keeping them for there own benifit. I Don’t know , I don’t remember.

  2. Lal

    Primary School parents will tell you that Gunasekara, an old Anandian is crooked.

  3. dagobert

    A “Rajakeeya” confusion…………….

    Gunasekera “gahala” Jayasekera “pannala”.

  4. Manj

    Mr. Upali Gunasekara is the worst Principal in the scool history. Most of the teachers also follow his lead. Children,thanks to their parents, learn from private teachers and coaches and keep the Royal flag flying!

  5. Sapumal Bandara

    Gunasekara is a die-hard loyalist of the Rajapaksa family. He is corrupted to the core.
    Gunasekara is above the law and is a law un to himself.

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