As the UPFA-run Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council is dragging its feet on a disciplinary inquiry, a principal allegedly involved in several cases of sexual harassment at a government school in the Kolonna Educational Division stays put.
Sources allege that provincial authorities has not yet acted against the principal, though the issue dominated the sessions of the Sabaragamuwa PC last year.
Responding to a query by The Island, they claimed there had been a spate of incidents, including sexual assault at some schools in the province.
Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Maheepala Herath last October assured an impartial investigation after a UNP councillor brought to his notice several cases of sexual harassment by the principal of a government school in the Kolonna Educational Division.
Herath said allegations would be investigated and if the principal was found guilty, he would be dealt with appropriately.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had personally inquired about the incident from the Chief Minister last October when the latter visited Temple Trees for some other purpose, sources said.
Councillor Jagath Palliyaguru had raised the issue at the 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 in the same school for 19 years, continued to molest students with impunity.
At the time the issue was raised, there had been about 100 students and teachers in the public gallery, sources said.