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 yesterday (7).
Parents of the Puwakpitiya Tamil Maha Vidyalaya closed the school gate preventing Muslim school teachers who were going to school yesterday morning. 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 wore sarees. They alleged that those who are wearing the hijab are supporters of the terrorists, who detonated six bombs on Easter Sunday.
Listening to the grievances of the teachers, the Governor summoned 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.
Lamenting about the situation, the Governor instructed the Ministry to transfer the 10 female teachers to other schools in his Province. The teachers said that they could not go to a school where they were refused admission.