Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Maheepala Herath yesterday (26) assured an impartial investigation after a UNP councillor brought to his notice several cases of sexual harassment by a principal of a government school in the Kolonna Educational Division.
Herath said that allegations would be investigated and if the principal was found guilty, he would be dealt with appropriately.
A spokesperson for Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council told The Island that Councillor Jagath Palliyaguru had raised the issue at yesterday s second reading of the provincial budget.
An irate Palliyaguru, a member of the UNP group said that due to failure on the part of the authorities to intervene, the principal, who had been with the same school for 19 years, continued to target students.
At the time the issue was raised there had been about 100 students and teachers in the public gallery, sources said.
Palliyaguru also alleged that teachers quarters situated close to the school, too, had been denied to teachers coming from far away places. He said that the official quarters had been handed over to a teacher living close-by.
According to him, a girl who had been sexually abused by the acting principal recently slapped him in the presence of many students.
The situation could be same in many other areas, sources said emphasising the urgent need for a thorough investigation.