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Kingswood College Principal interdicted

7 January 2016 09:55 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Principal, of Kingswood College in Kandy, has been interdicted on charges of violating Education Ministry circulars by collecting Rs.3.6 million from parents saying it was for the purpose of constructing a new building for the school, the Education Ministry said today.

This matter came to light on the basis of an audit carried out on the instructions of the Education Ministry Secretary. The Principal had allegedly collected Rs.3,625,000 from parents when admitting their children to Grade 1.

The Education Ministry said it was in the process of granting the school Rs.70 million for the construction of a four-storey building, but by then the principal had allegedly collected the funds from the parents.

According to the audit the Principal had obtained Rs.50,000 each from 65 parents, while another parent was asked to pay Rs.75,000, with two others having paid Rs.150,000 each.

The ministry said collecting money from parents in such a manner, for an school building, not included in the school’s budget estimates for 2016, had violated four of its circulars.

The statement also said that there were several other schools where similar violations had taken place, and that ministry officials had been instructed by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to take action regardless of the status or popularity of the school. The Minister had also instructed the officials to take steps to return the funds collected to the parents. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 4

  • siran silva Friday, 08 January 2016 01:37 AM

    This principal has got Rs 50,000 from a brother of law of mine to admit his son despite being known to me too as principal and myself studied at the university of Sri Jayewardenepura together. Such a shameful principal. I feared that if I had asked the reason for getting ,money for being so known to me, it could have repercussions on my nephew now he has been exposed and I am happy.

    SL-Walah Friday, 08 January 2016 03:29 AM

    Taking the situation into consideration, his action has been for the betterment and the progress of the school. So long such money had been deposited in a bank account in school’s name and the account has not been misused by the Principal, then such drastic action shouldn’t have been necessary; but settled it in a different manner than sacking the person. This leads to suspicion as to who will be acting principal and then any political vendetta has been the reason to sack the principal. Yahapalanaya!!!!!!!!

    Tont Friday, 08 January 2016 04:22 AM

    This is just one. I as sure u could find another 10,000 in SL. I think if u catch most or them there wont be many to replace them.

    FAROOK Friday, 08 January 2016 08:22 AM

    Well done Akila. Keep it up. This should be an eye openerto all other Principals in the island.

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