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Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed ministry officials to conduct an investigation into the incident where Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma is alleged to have forced the Kalutara Vidyalaya Principal to enroll a child to Grade-one.

The deputy minister had reportedly accompanied a child and his mother to the Kalutara Vidyalaya on Monday and is alleged to have forced the principal to enroll the child.

The principal informed the minister that he could not enroll the child as he was not in the admission list. However, the child was later enrolled to the school despite the principal's decision.

Meanwhile, the All Ceylon Teachers' Union (ACTU) Secretary Joseph Stalin condemned the political influence exerted by the deputy minister to have the child enrolled.

“It sets a bad example when the politician does not take proper steps in such a situation but tries to have the child forcibly admitted to school. This is an issue faced by many children in the country. We condemn the method adopted by the deputy minister,” he said.

"The circular on admission to grade-one is what needs to be amended," Mr. Stalin said.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • H.Samarasinghe Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:18 AM

    Mr. Joseph Stalin, What course of action you take if this happened to your child?

    Aba Jayasekera Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:36 AM

    Problems cannot be taken all together. They must be taken, when reported, one by one.

    Man Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:46 AM

    The man who wanted to destroy the free education by attempting to scrap the grade 5 scholarship exam, wants to investigate the matter when the child had taken 91 marks. Fine.

    Sincere Wednesday, 11 May 2016 11:29 AM

    Investigate it, and if found guilty, extend his Parliament suspension!

    Jayaweva Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:26 PM

    We need this kind of straight ministers. He is right. Actually we need this kind of Ministers to become President of this country. Jayaweva Minister. Konda pana thiyena amathiyek

    surasena Wednesday, 11 May 2016 01:01 PM

    The deputy himself may enroll to the 1st Grade. The way he behaves, he might hardly attended a school.

    Aba Jayasekera Wednesday, 11 May 2016 03:18 PM

    These matters must be taken one by one

    brainmaster Wednesday, 11 May 2016 01:02 AM

    Yahapalanya. There is NO place for such people in the parliament. Ranil should set an example an kick him out.

    Lionel Bopage Saturday, 14 May 2016 04:50 PM

    Politicians should be developing policies on child admission to schools, not to forcefully admit some children to schools!

    Henry Wednesday, 11 May 2016 01:53 AM

    I am not aware of such incident until it was published in media - Deputy Minister

    Bala Wednesday, 11 May 2016 02:39 AM

    This Dy Minister is a disgrace to Parliament - very unsuitable - and a burden to the UNP.

    Manel Wednesday, 11 May 2016 03:29 AM

    This fellow looks like another Mervyn in the making. Should be stopped immediately.

    Truth Wednesday, 11 May 2016 07:16 AM

    what about the childern who are permitted to enrole in the schools after taking donations via DM Android App

    Gamaya Wednesday, 11 May 2016 08:17 AM

    This guys is the Mervin Silva in Yahapalanaya government. I do not know why Ranil is tolerating!!!!!

    mnsmart Wednesday, 11 May 2016 08:27 AM

    what justice All Ceylon Teachers' Union (ACTU) Secretary Joseph Stalin done to children like the Kuliyapitiya child who was denied a school admission.

    Bimal Wednesday, 11 May 2016 08:52 AM

    Yahapalanaya in its true sense. well done... we believed you on 8th January 2015. It is entirely our fault

    ANTON Wednesday, 11 May 2016 09:04 AM

    YES AKILA, ADMIT HIM TO THE YEAR ONE CLASS.

    Prince Tuesday, 17 May 2016 03:33 PM

    Dear Minister Akila, if found guilty what action can you take against your ministerial colleague ... Nothing !!!


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