No more money collection from students

14 March 2013 02:07 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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After repeated assurances, the Education Ministry has finally issued a circular banning the collection of money from schoolchildren for any purpose without the prior approval of the Department.

There was a public outcry against such money collection after the media reported that a schoolgirl who allegedly stole eight coconuts to sell them to raise money reqested by her school authorities.  

Teachers, students and parents protested such money collections by school principals.

According to the circular issued yesterday,  associations of parents, students and past pupils are prohibited from raising funds through unauthorised means for various projects. However, money may be collected for school development projects and for services provided by the school.

Another circular also issued at the same time stipulates the fees that may be charged when admitting students to Advanced Level classes or Grade I classes. Yet the Ministry has stressed that parents should not be forced to make payments even in these cases. Students from low income families may be exempted if they submit a letter from their Grama Niladhari in support of their claim for exemption. The new circular says that students who do not make the payments should not be harassed in any way.

The Ministry said that principals who violate this order would be dealt with severely in terms of the Establishment Code. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Just Another Citizen Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:06 AM

    They are making the bribes legal. So now the amount will also increase.

    P.J.A Thursday, 14 March 2013 02:09 PM

    it's good but the ministry should keep eyes on whether the rule are enforced by school authorities or not

    orange Friday, 15 March 2013 05:26 AM

    "However, money may be collected for school development projects and for services provided by the school".------------
    This circular is as such of rocking the cot and pinching the baby, the statement itself given a loop hole again for the schools to collect money from the children under such guidance. Money collection will not stop and this claus will be guidance and excuse to collect any money from the children in the future also. This is just an eye-wash circular only......as any money requested will be under a project or school service, where no one complain anymore.

    ANTON Thursday, 14 March 2013 05:15 AM

    BUT THEY WILL COLLECT GIFTS, VOUCHERS, BANK DRAFTS ETC...

    kaputakukula Thursday, 14 March 2013 05:17 AM

    If the education ministry fall back on its pledge, let all the students of all the schools "steal coconuts"!!!!!!!


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