Minister, Secretary in qualification wrangle
By Chandani Kirinde
The Railways Minister complained to the High Posts Committee of Parliament that the Transport Ministry Secretary did not have a doctorate from the USA as claimed by him. Refuting Minister Felix Perera’s allegation Ministry Secretary Dr. D.S. Jayaweera claimed that his certificates were in order and that his name was approved by the Parliamentary Committee prior to his appointment to the post.

Dr. Jayaweera said he obtained his PhD on Transport Planning from MIT in 1999 and his thesis had been quoted by the Oxford University and the World Bank. He said he submitted the relevant certificate on his doctorate as well as other certificates, including two Masters’ Degrees, to the Committee for scrutiny before his name was cleared for appointment as Ministry Secretary. Meanwhile, Minister Perera said he would complain against several others too.

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