The JVP front organization Peoples? Movement for Protecting Schools (PMPS) said yesterday it would not involve school children in its protest campaigns against to the UPFA government?s educational reforms.
Convener of the Inter University Students Federation and an operations committee member of the PMPS, Duminda Nagamuwa told a press conference that they had mobilized teachers, parents of students and other progressive forces against education privatization but not school children.
He said that the PMPS would intensify its anti-privatization campaign if the education authorities did not take immediate action to put an end to the process of education being sold out to private companies.
He said that PMPS district level branches had already completed their awareness campaigns and they would join in a mass demonstration in the capital to urge the government to drop its plans to privatize education.
He challenged the Education Ministry and University Grants Commission authorities to come for an open debate over the issue.
Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Service Union and another Operation Committee member of the PMPS, Mahinda Jayasinghe said that former education ministers of the UNF government had no right to talk about educational reforms of the UPFA Government since the UNF had commenced the privatization process. He said that the UPFA is going ahead with the plans and targets set by the UNF for privatization.
` Tthe education ministry has issued a circular to provincial educational directors saying that involving school children in political activities is illegal. We have no problem with that circular since we have no plans to mobilize students. We canvassed only the teachers and parents of the school children,` he said.