They had noted that these promotions would be carried out based on the advice of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Although the Education Ministry took great effort to grant these promotions based on the recommendations of the Political victimisation committee, the President decided to appoint a committee to thoroughly go through the list and appoint a committee for it. Hence the Education Ministry had to suspend this process.
Private files not examined:
It was also revealed that the Education Ministry had not even examined the private files of these candidates and they had also disregarded a recommendation by the Public Service Commission to do so.
Meanwhile, the massive protest organised by the trade unions in protest of these promotions was called off based on a discussion the union representatives had with the President.
As agreed upon at this meeting a committee would be appointed to examine the personal details of these candidates.