Friday, 10 January 2014 - 19:19
Reveal how students that pass scholarship exam are granted admission to popular schools - HRC tells Edu. Min.
The Human Rights Commission has informed the Ministry of Education to issue a report regarding how students who pass the year 5 scholarship exam will be granted admission to popular schools.
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The Commission had made this request after taking into consideration the complaints lodged by the Teacher Principal Collective and the Parents Collective.
The complaints lodged stated that the human rights of both parents and children were violated after the Ministry of Education reduced the number of students who could enter popular schools after passing the year 5 scholarship exam.
The Director of Schools in the Ministry of Education and the principals of Ananda College, Colombo and Rahula Vidyala, Matara were present at the Human Rights Commission during the hearing.
General Secretary of the Lanka Teachers Association, Joseph Stalin stated that during the hearing the principal of Rahula Vidyalaya, Matara agreed to provide admission for 90 students who have passed the year 5 scholarship exam.
However, the Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission, Attorney At Law Prathiba Mahanamahewa stated that steps will be taken to provide a solution to this issue after the report of the Ministry of Education is received.
Member of the Parents Collective Dhammika Abeysinghe stated that if the Human Rights Commission fails to provide a justifiable solution for the issue the Collective will seek the assistance of the judiciary in this regard.