The JVP says all factions other than the government are opposed to the proposed General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University Bill.
Speaking during a discussion in Colombo, Chief Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva said they have no issue with military education, but added handing over reins of the education system to the military would prove to be problematic.
He stressed members of civil society organisations such as teachers and professors must be given that responsibility.
Silva assured no one in favour of free education would support this bill.
The JVP Chief Secretary noted teachers, professors, students, political parties and activists were carrying a struggle against the bill and also requested the public to support this cause.
Therefore, Tilvin Silva called for the bill to be scrapped since all factions are against it, and any flaws in the current system cannot be resolved via certain amendments.
Joining the discussion, Lecturer at the University of Moratuwa Sithumini Rathnamalala said a main part of the General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University Bill is the fact that it aims to uplift state sector education via a different system.
He said the government is planning to include military protocol into education and merge the two systems. Rathnamalala stressed it was a grave mistake to bring the two together.
He was of the view that strict discipline is useful to train military personnel, but not students as the public must have the freedom of discipline through self realisation.
Rathnamalala also said society must respect each other out of their own freewill.