Mar 13, Colombo: The Secretary to Sri Lanka Ministry of Education Gotabhaya Jayaratne today issued a new circular preventing fundraising in government schools.
The circular focuses the attention of the principals on the previous circulars pertaining to facilities and service fees and school development society etc.
The new circular highlights that no money should be charged from the students of government schools and even the legal charges like facilities and service fees need not be enforced on students.
The Ministry's action comes following the incident of a 13-year-old female student getting arrested by the authorities for stealing 8 coconuts from a neighbor to raise the fees demanded by the principal to paint the school.
The case drew the attention of the Sri Lankan President when the court bailed the minor child for 50,000 rupees for stealing 8 coconuts worth 800 rupees.
The students with economic difficulties may produce letter of proof from the village officer to get them released from the required fees.
The students who do not pay the fees should not be harassed either physically or mentally, the circular warns.