Mother com­plains to HRC: Daugh­ter ex­pelled from school un­fairly


A res­i­dent of Mor­agolla in Gam­pola, Da­mayan­thi Wi­jer­atne, has filed a pe­ti­tion with the Sri Lanka Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion against the Gam­pola Zonal Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Prin­ci­pal of the Gan­gasiripura Vidyalaya for re­fus­ing to ad­mit her daugh­ter to school and de­priv­ing her of the right to ed­u­ca­tion for seven months.

The pe­ti­tioner said that when the zonal di­rec­tor failed to ad­mit her daugh­ter to a school she had taken her case to the Chief Min­is­ter and Cen­tral Prov­ince Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sarath Ekanayake who then in­structed the zonal di­rec­tor to ad­mit the child to the school. How­ever on Novem­ber 2017 the child was ex­pelled from school on the in­struc­tions of the zonal di­rec­tor. She said her daugh­ter, who should be in grade two this year, is now with­out a school and as a last re­sort she had lodged a com­plaint with the hu­man rights com­mis­sion.

Co­or­di­nat­ing Of­fi­cer of the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion in Kandy Ku­mu­dini Vi­tarana said it was il­le­gal to de­prive a child of his or her right to ed­u­ca­tion. The pe­ti­tion was to be taken up for hear­ing yes­ter­day (14).

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