Two principals of the Colombo Ananda College and Kingswood College in Kandy had been interdicted with immediate effect on the findings by a Presidential investigations unit that both principals had admitted children to Year One on false documents violating the Education Department Circular No.2004/18, education sources said yesterday.
The President has directed the Secretary of the Education Ministry to interdict the two principals on the recommendations made by the Special Presidential Investigation Unit, sources said adding that the investigations had revealed that the principals were at fault and had been bribed, they have admitted children on fraudulent documents.
The parents of the children who have been refused admission to these schools had complained to the President. In their complaints they had alleged that the principals concerned have deprived rights of their children by refusing to admit them to schools of their choice and the investigations into the complaints have proved that the allegations were true.
The Investigation team headed by Director General A. A. Wickremesinghe, had established that children were admitted to Ananda College, Colombo, by accepting false documents. In the case of Kandy Kingswood College, the team has found that the principal had dropped 18 names of the children seeking admission to that school and had entered 16 other names of children who had failed to provide necessary documents to claim admission.
The investigators had recommended further investigations and said that the interdiction of the principals (B.A.Abeyratne of Ananda College and Ranjith Chandrasekera of Kingswood College) was necessary to avoid hindrances in investigations, sources said.
Mr. A. D. M. D. Bandara has been appointed as new principal of the Kingswood College in Kandy while Mr. A.G.N.Jayaweera has been appointed as Ananda College Principal by the Education Ministry, sources added.
A top level official of the education ministry said that the members of the Special Presidential Team posing as parents seeking admission for their children and giving them bribes, had caught the principals of Maliyadeva Balika Vidyalaya, Kurunegala, Ananda Vidyalaya, Minuwangoda and National School, Pannala.