[lg policy] Sri Lanka: Implementation of Official Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 24 15:43:55 UTC 2011

Implementation of Official Language Policy

The Government has decided to implement the Official Language Policy
according to the Public Administration Circular 07/2007.

All officers recruited to the Public Service with effect from
01.07.2007 should acquire proficiency in the other official language
within a period of 5 years in addition to the official language
through which they enter the service.

Increments of the officers who do not acquire the specified
proficiency in the official language within a period of 5 years from
the date of their appointments will be deferred until they obtain

According to the syllabus, medical officers will have to attend class
room based language course comprising of 108 prescribed hours.
Thereafter they must sit for an oral test as well as two written
papers for spanning two hours. With the extremely busy work schedule
of the medical officers this won’t be an easy task and almost all
medical officers who joined the service after July 2007 will end up
with their increments barred after completing 5 years.

As majority of our membership wasn’t aware about the gravity of the
problem caused by the implementation of this language policy, our
branch union decided to start an awareness programme. In that our
branch union secretary Dr. Damith Silva did a presentation on
implementation of the Official Language Policy and how it will affect
our membership at the General Meeting of GMOA Mother Union held in
October 2011. The same presentation was carried out at our branch
union as well.

You can download the presentation and the relevant files from this
link: Language Policy Presentation

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