Feb 09, Colombo: A school principal in the Western Province of Sri Lanka is under investigation for making the students to raise funds to paint the school.
The Principal of Medankara school of Horana is being investigated for using the school students to raise funds despite that funds being provided by the provincial education ministry.
The principal's action came to light when the police arrested a 13-year-old female student for stealing eight coconuts to raise 800 rupees and produced her in court.
The court released the minor student on a personal bail of 50,000 rupees.
The case drew the attention of Sri Lankan President who was deeply concerned by the incident and ordered an immediate investigation into the arrest of the minor student.
The secretary of the Western Province education ministry Jayanthi Wijetunga has told the state-run radio SLBC that the report of the investigation conducted by the Western Province Educational Director will be handed over to the Western Province Chief Minister on Monday.
According to Ms. Wijetunga, the school has been provided Rs. 150,000 for painting its buildings and the principal of this school has no authority to collect funds from the students.
The Secretary said the school principals are not authorized to collect funds from students and they are required to obtain approval from the regional director of education to collect any facilities fee or any other funds from the parents.
She also noted that the principals are required to submit the details of funds needed when they present the budget for the school to the zonal education director.
The secretary stressed that the provincial education ministry will take appropriate action against the principal of the Medankara School after receiving the report.