The Bribery Commission yesterday arrested the Principal of Wickramasheela National School in Giriulla for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Rs. 40, 000 to admit a grade one student for year 2007.
The victim was caught red handed at his office in the school by a special bribery commission investigating team sent from Colombo while accepting money from a parent.
According to Director Investigations SSP Neville Guruge a parent had come to admit his child to grade one class for next year. Although the applicant had fulfilled all the relevant qualifications the principal had demanded of a sum of Rs. 40, 000 to admit the student.
The troubled parent had agreed to do so and had later complained the incident to Bribery Commission where a special team was sent to arrest the principal.
Mr. Guruge said the commission has received number of complaints including anonymous calls from parents who have failed to admit their children to grade one for certain schools that demand high bribes.