Parliament has 94 MPs without O/Ls
Posted on March 19th, 2017

Irangika Range Courtesy The Daily News

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ninety four MPs have not passed their GEC (O/L) examination while there are only 25 graduates among the 225 legislators in the present Sri Lankan Parliament, former Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya, Prof. M O A de Zoysa said yesterday.

He observed that MPs who have been elected to make laws on behalf of the people must conduct themselves with dignity.

Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday, he said the conduct of the Joint Opposition MPs since the day the Yahapalana government came to power amounted to a contravention of parliamentary discipline.

Parliament is a place that makes laws. Its members should be dignified, with a knowledge of their subjects, logical intelligence and of impeccable conduct. But, we cannot see these qualities in most of the MPs today,” he said.Taxpayers money is being spent for the welfare of all MPs and a Rs. 2500 Special Attendance Allowance, with the luxury meals, are provided to them for one sitting. Therefore, MPs should bear in mind their responsibilities. But, everyday, when parliament meets, JO members disrupt parliament proceedings for about one or two hours. So how can parliament pass laws on behalf of the people and the country? The conduct of certain senior members is not good and it is disgusting.

They may be senior but, they have not matured. They have been given front seats to set an example to junior MPs,” he said. Senior Lecturer at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura Dr. Terrence Purasinghe said Sri Lanka follows traditions and conventions built over a long period of time in the British Parliament. Apart from these, Standing Orders have laid down how business should be conducted in the House. These are the rules that have to be followed by the MPs. But, most of the MPs do not follow them today.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2017/03/15/political/110458/parliament-has-94-mps-without-ols

6 Responses to “Parliament has 94 MPs without O/Ls”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    A MINIMUM of a passing grade in ALL SUBJECTS, plus at least a B in Sinhala, English, Mathematics, Science, and Citizenship Education & Governance at the GCE O/L should be made a MANDATORY requirement to become an MP, a Minister of the National Government or an elected member of the Provincial Councils!

    It is an UTTER DISGRACE in this modern age to have these ILLITERATE MUTTS who have failed the GCE O/L governing our country!

    No wonder our country is so badly MISGOVERNED!

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    SHOCKING ! THESE BUGGERS HAVE NO SELF RESPECT, THAT IS WHY THEY HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW TO DEVELOP THEIR CONSTITUENCIES. SO THEY SPEND THE MONEY ON THEMSELVES. THIS IS A SICK BLOODY PARLIAMENT. THE WORLD WILL BE SHOCKED TO HEAR THIS NEWS>

  3. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    IRANGIKA !! CAN YOU PLEASE USE THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, AND LIST OUT ALL THE NAMES OF THE 225 MPs AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS. THIS WOULD BE VERY INTERESTING TO KNOW. THANKS. LOOKING FORWARD FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    Even our president Sira is without AL. But he did pass OL.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    SL prince Harry joined the navy despite failing OL exam TWICE. First time he failed Singhala but passed maths. Second time he passed Singhala but failed maths. But they took his 2003 pass in maths and 2004 pass in Singhala as having met the qualifications! But he never went to war so no damage done.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Katussa (Lorenzo),

    CORRECTION: Not OUR President Sira. Just YOUR President Sira!

    REMEMBER who propagandized here on his behalf? OUCH!

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