Education Ministry places legal lid on illegal practice

Published : 10:25 am  March 6, 2015 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Darshana Sanjeewa
The Education Ministry yesterday said it had received more complaints against schools in Colombo which have violated circulars banning the collection of money [bribes popularly called ‘donations’ ] for school admissions.
Last week the ministry began investigating ten schools, (four from Colombo), as they had received a number of complaints regarding the collection of donations from students and parents, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

More schools in Colombo are to be investigated. “We will ensure funds are not collected from students in an irregular manner. Disciplinary action will be taken if they are found guilty of such charges of irregularities,” he said. D.S. Senanayake College and Isipathana Vidyalaya in Colombo, Mahinda Rajapaksa Vidyalaya in Homagama, Anula Vidyalaya in Nugegoda, Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya and Southland Balika Vidyalaya in Galle, Nugawela Central College  and Uddin National School in Kandy, Rahula Vidyalaya in Matara and Viharamaha Devi Balika Vidyalaya in Kiribathgoda are being investigated now.
Kariyawasam said some schools had returned the donations collected from students after investigations were launched.
“ The collection of money for admissions has decreased after investigations began,” the minister said.
Last week the ministry said it had received several complaints against provincial schools as well and that these complaints had been referred to the provincial directors.

The ministry circular restricts the improper collection of funds in schools.
However, Pubudu Jagoda a member of the Frontline Socialist Party speaking at a press conference yesterday said that the Circular No: 05/2015 dated January 29 had legalised the collection of funds when admitting students to a school.