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13 principals told to submit Grade-5 admission details

26 February 2015 07:11 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Principals of 13 national schools including Colombo Royal College, Ananda College and Nalanda College to submit details of students admitted to Grades-1 to 6 during the past three years and those admitted to these schools in 2013 on the results of the Grade-5 scholarship examination.

The other 10 colleges are as follows: D.S. Senanayake, Isipathana, Thurstan, Mahanama, Devi Balika, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Vishaka, Gothami Balika, Richmond College in Galle, and Rahula College in Matara.

This order was made sequent to a fundamental rights petition filed by the Ceylon Teachers’ Association and a group of parents being taken up for hearing by a three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising Priyasad Dep, Buwaneka Aluvihare and Upali Abeyratne.  The hearing was fixed for March 31.
Thirteen petitioners filed this petition citing the 13 school principals as respondents.
The petitioners said their children had passed the Grade-5 scholarship examination in 2013 and when they sought admission to the mentioned schools they were informed that the cut-off marks had been raised when compared with the previous year and on this basis the children were refused admission to these schools. 
However, inquiries had revealed that there existed a serious congestion in the Grades-2 to 5 classrooms because the approved number of 45 had been exceeded. (Ranjan Katugampola and Thilini De Silva)

  Comments - 8

  • Senator Friday, 27 February 2015 11:56 PM

    It has been possible because of the change of government.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 27 February 2015 12:06 PM

    School authorities will have a hell of a time to show clean.

    dharma Saturday, 28 February 2015 08:31 AM

    Not only the mentioned schools almost 99% of government school principals are grabbing monrey. So, what is the action the government is going to take for this?

    duminda Friday, 27 February 2015 01:03 PM

    Hats off to the people who file this case. Without a fight nothing we would get.

    tishan Friday, 27 February 2015 08:00 AM

    Excellent move.Keep up the good work.

    disappointed Friday, 27 February 2015 02:03 PM

    this news item is sexist. royal ananda and nalanda are highlighted but the leading girls schools visaka and Devi balika are mentioned only after even isipathana and Thurston. shame on daily mirror. one would expect this culture only from a third class news publisher via DM Android App

    Dr Sudharma Wickramasuriya Friday, 27 February 2015 09:26 AM

    The Education MinisterHats off for the Minister ! for initiating to clean the garbage of school admissions.Please do not let any of these principals to wash off their dirty hands. Bring them to books to make the justice for the rest who deserve better. Happy to be part of your independent committee as an educated volunteer who came back to serve my own nation. Dr.Sudharma

    Nims Friday, 27 February 2015 09:37 AM

    Corruptions! Corruptions!! and Corruptions!!! everywhere. What has happened to our Sri Lanka. Everyone who ruled the country since 1977 are responsible for this

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