The UNP and the JHU yesterday condemned what they described as harassment being meted out to the Principals of Buddhist schools like Ananda, Maliyadeva and Kingswood.
`We also believe that action should be taken to eliminate corruption and malpractice in the admission of students. But the action to be taken according to the norms of justice and the specified procedure. It is the Education Ministry that should first investigate and report to the Public Services Commission for necessary disciplinary action in cases like this. Investigations done by the mafia unit called the Presidential Investigation Unit are not acceptable,` the UNP said in a statement issued yesterday.
It said that instances of bribery and corruption could be referred to the Bribery and Corruption Commission and they also could be referred to the CID if deemed necessary.
`It is the view of the majority in the country that mafia units are operated for carrying out vindictive acts for political reasons`, the UNP said.
Meanwhile, the JHU charged that interdicting principals of several Buddhist schools was part of a conspiracy against the leading Buddhist schools in the country. In a statement issued by JHU General Secretary Ven. Omalpe Sobhita Thera said President Chandrika Kumaratunga showed her anti Buddhist school policy when she addressed the annual prize giving at Visakha Vidyalaya in December last year.
`She said on that occasion that the Buddhist outlook of schools was an obstacle to promoting national peace and unity and the doors of the Buddhist schools should be thrown open to all communities. But she would not dare raise the same threatening finger (tharjananguliya) when she visits the Catholic St. Bridget`s Convent, Zahira College of the Muslims at Maradana or a school restricted to Hindus. Neither would she make the call to open their doors to all communities for the sake of religious co-existence when she visits these schools,` the JHU said.
It demanded that the President and the government should take their hands off Buddhist schools.