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A private GCE (AL) candidate had been bitten by a rat snake (garandiya) inside the examination hall at  Sri Medhalankara Vidyalaya, Horana.

Her father W. Wimalasena of Akurukalawita, Yala in Horana has asked for redresson behalf of her.

He said his daughter had been depressed since the chief invigilator had applied pressure on her to make a statement that the incident did not take place inside the examination hall.

The victim is Thanuja Wimalka who was to sit for the exam in the science stream for the third time.  

The student said she had been sitting for the Biology Paper on August 5. She had felt a sudden sharp pain in a toe of right foot at about 2 p.m.

She said, “I thought a snake had bitten mytoe. I moved my desk and stood up. Two students sitting near me also stood up. I was in the front row. The hall was full of dirt.

“My toe started bleeding. Some teachers came up to me. Someone said a rat snake had bitten me. Others said it may have been a venomous snake.
“A teacher bandaged my foot and asked me to go ahead with answering the paper. I was upset. I could not concentrate on the paper. I wrote down answers even without looking at the question paper. My answer script was collected along with the others.” (Tharindu Jayawardene)
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  • A W Abdulkany Friday, 15 August 2014 09:10 PM

    First time in our history. Minister of Education resign for not taking proper precaution before conducting this important examination. Who is going to take responsibility if she dies via DM iPad app

    Perumal Friday, 15 August 2014 02:28 AM

    [quote name="saman"]I thought garandiyas don't bite.[/quote]
    Garadinta giya ratak!

    Kandy Lamissi Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:43 AM

    Conducive enviornment is paramount for Teaching & Learning.......Exams comes with these two! had the snake bitten one of those teachers/invigilators....they would have gone home or to a hospital immediately! When these people are going to learn ...Common Sense!

    Spitfire Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:46 AM

    Rat snakes bites like a dog! They don't have a venom sack like venomous snakes. Their weapon is teeth, but they can infect a wound.

    George Clooney Friday, 15 August 2014 02:38 AM

    Another international conspiracy by the west and dispora to destabilise wonder of Asia...........Lol

    TripleX Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:54 AM

    This is for the education Mimister to take proper action.

    Sylvia Haik Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:05 PM

    Rat snake or not, this girl was bitten by something evidently during an examination. She should have been given some concession instead of treating as if nothing had happened to save the examining authority's skins.

    Nainalagana Saturday, 16 August 2014 06:38 AM

    Should have bitten the stupid teacher instead of poor student

    Tridax Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:31 AM

    Are we having idiots to teach our future generation. Must have been political appointments.

    Namal Perera Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:20 PM

    Wonder of Asia !

    Rubert Vanderkoon Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:56 PM

    Correct! That's our problem. Teachers practice a method..learn either my way or go away!!

    Fernando Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:57 PM

    A minimum of 10Million rupees Compensation should pay to this student.

    Rubert Vanderkoon Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:57 PM

    It clearly has here. If it was a venomous snake, she wouldn't survive, would she?

    Rubert Vanderkoon Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:58 PM

    If the snake was a venomous one, would the teacher who bandaged take responsibility for the kid's life? What morons these teachers are!!

    shiras Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:39 PM

    For all this time I was thinking rattle snakes dont bite if see them again I am going to run as fast as I can anyhow this teacher is so stupid to risk the students life..

    shiras Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:39 PM

    For all this time I was thinking rattle snakes dont bite if see them again I am going to run as fast as I can anyhow this teacher is so stupid to risk the students life..

    HellWecomes Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:25 AM

    Punish the school management for conducting the examination in a dirty place.

    Ari Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:14 PM

    The child should be given another opportunity to rewrite the exam

    hafeez Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:33 AM

    teachers must learn to respect children our problem is we think we r thr best via DM Android App

    Cobra Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:49 PM

    [quote name="saman"]I thought garandiyas don't bite.[/quote]
    They do indeed and its nasty, however garanadiyas are not poisonous and wouldn't kill you like my bite would!!!

    Lankan Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:50 PM

    Who taught the snake to bite the student... First that person should be punished.

    Second the snake should our politicians, not the innocent students.. stupid snake.

    Phantom Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:51 PM

    [quote name="Tridax"]Are we having idiots to teach our future generation. Must have been political appointments.[/quote]
    Not at all, the rat snake was only standing in for that drunken dy. supervisor!!!

    Empulze Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:07 AM

    Will that teacher who informed to go ahead with the paper after bandaging neglect if it was his her daughter in that position. Will passing that exam give life to her if it was a poisonous snake via DM Android App

    saman Thursday, 14 August 2014 05:39 AM

    I thought garandiyas don't bite.

    M.O.A.Careem Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:21 PM

    developed society - to the world -not inside sri lanka - poor children pay for it. sad.......sad......sad......no alternate

    Rectifier Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:19 AM

    They do, but they aren't venomous

    bn Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:20 AM

    No common sense..... Teach d teacher how to behave

    Sim Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:40 AM

    This is what they teach our children, the rulers of tomorrow.

    Nilantha Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:52 AM

    Any snake will bite if threatened!


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