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HIV rumor: Akila says child will be admitted to new school

7 March 2016 07:30 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today the Government had decided to provide a school for the six-year-old boy, who was deprived of a school over rumours that he was HIV infected, and to meet his expenses throughout his schooling.

He said the child’s mother would be provided with a new home near the child’s School.

While criticizing various posts against him on social media web sites, Mr. Kariyawasam said no one seems to know the background to his statement.

“I am also a father and yes I know how parents love their children. But, we should think about other issues as well. If this child is infected with HIV, it is not good for the child and the others. My hometown is Kuliyapitiya and when I checked about this matter, I found that the child did not have a good family background. I am not trying to blame his mother or father. The seriousness of the problem is still there. As Education Minister, all I want is the best for Sri Lankan children including this child,” he said.

The minister requested the people not to judge without knowing all the facts of the story.

He said a private company has volunteered to sponsor the child’s educational requirements.

However, the minister denied having refused to divulge the name of the school which had agreed to admit the child out of fear that the other parents would also contemplate withdrawing their children from the particular school. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 4

  • Spirit Monday, 07 March 2016 08:37 PM

    One of the most unprofessional ministers which i have ever witnessed.

    Ravi Monday, 07 March 2016 09:14 PM

    Based on information currently available HIV is not infectious without intimate contact. The issue sir is the breach of privacy. All need to offer a public apology to this child.

    Asanga Thilakarathna Tuesday, 08 March 2016 10:36 AM

    He is doing his best to solve this case while uneducated keyboard heroes doing their muddy work.welldone minister. And of course a very good article.

    UNP Gamaya Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:19 AM

    There he goes again. What right does he have to judge the family background of this kid. Does he not know the rights of people before they try to represent them in parliament.

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