Responding to allegations that a cash strapped government was attempting to bring in Rs. 400 million (QR 9 million) from a Sri Lankan school in Qatar to be used for its own expenses, Ambassador to Qatar A. S. P Liyanage assured that not a single cent from the school would be spent here and will be utilised to develop the school overseas.
Speaking to journalists after a discussion with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake, Mr. Liyanage said that some parents of students attending the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha had alleged the administration of the school was fraudulently collecting money from the students there.
“They said the administration was using the name of the Embassy to collect funds from the students. But none of these funds had been used to provide much needed infrastructure facilities to the school,” he said.
As a solution to the issue, Mr. Liyanage said the school would not be closed down and that the Foreign Ministry had directed the Embassy to take over the school from September 10 under a sponsorship programme. “We appoint a board of directors and administrators from among the parents for the school and it will be they who will control the funds on behalf of the school,” he said.
Liyanage went on to say the embassy had received numerous complaints about the current administration's unfair treatment of students. The embassy had to equip the school with an air-conditioning system and a laboratory recently.
“The Qatar government has donated a piece of land to construct a new building for the school. As the President is scheduled to visit Qatar on October 26, the laying of the cornerstone for the school building will take place during his visit,” the ambassador said.
Discussions were also held with the Foreign Ministry to ensure that students who get good grades at the school are given the opportunity to enter Sri Lankan Universities to pursue their higher studies.
The school was inaugurated in October 2001 and since 2011 it has been affiliated to the Sri Lankan community and runs as a non-profit organisation. It is being run on a rented premises and has around 1,200 students. The school follows the Edexcel Curriculum. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
Truth or not, are there CENTS in Doha!!? Hope he is not planning to construct a swimming pool in Doha?
Perumal Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:35 AM
Hugeness of the Bank Account balance itself is evidence for the honesty of the present administration. Why change the administration?
lion Wednesday, 30 August 2017 04:59 AM
Mr Marapana please take this back this real estate developer from this post what does he know about diplomacy. Shame to to see this people are heading our missions,
Premalal Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:07 AM
This is ample proof that monkeys are running the foreign service. The very fact that there so much money in the bank is conclusive proof that whoever who is running the school they are honest. Honesty is a dirty word for this administration.
Dulan Monday, 04 September 2017 12:56 PM
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ceylon Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:29 AM
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Asoka Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:27 PM
The School was functioning properly long before these corrupted ambassadors put their nose into it. They trying to close down even the Sunday school for Buddhists children. Once a Muslim Ambassador helped a lot to upgrade the Sunday school for Buddhists children. This ASP is a money hungry rich person. Once jailed for a defrauding case...Highly corrupted character...
Devaka de Silva Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:33 PM
Mr. Ambassador continue your good work of getting rid of the corrupt from the school board.
Fernando Thursday, 31 August 2017 04:09 PM
Tell him to get rid of his own corruption first
Fernando Thursday, 31 August 2017 04:26 PM
Fernando Thursday, 31 August 2017 04:32 PM
Act of this Ambassador is an embarrassment to all Lankan. Even from his website he threatens to his own country people who live in Doha. when you send uneducated
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