Disputed Vishaka College Principal continues to engage in student admissions

Staff Writer | Author . පරිවර්තනය කරන්න සිංහල හෝ தமிழ் 6/24/2020 7:46:00 PM
Disputed Vishaka College Principal continues to engage in student admissions

A charge sheet has been submitted by the Educational Services Committee of the Government Services Commission against Vishaka College Principal Sandamali Awiruppala due to her actions in engaging in admitting students for the new academic year 2021, while an enquiry is going on against her, Ceylon Teachers' Union said.                                                                                                  

Issuing a statement, it said a total of 15 charges have been framed against her with the signature of Mr. A. W. R. Vimalaweera, the Secretary of the Educational Services Committee of the Government Services Commission dated on September 25, 2019 relating to admission of students for grade 1 in 2019.

An enquiry officer has also been appointed to enquire the said charges by now and the relevant disciplinary proceedings have been commenced. 

Many charges including accepting forged documents from close proximity category, siblings’ category, children of staff category for proof of residence for admission of students in 2019 and giving points against the circular number 24/ 2018 of secretary are contained in the charge sheet. 

Charge 15 of the charge sheet states as acting in a manner contempt to government service and committing an offence violating the section 10 of the first schedule of XLVIII chapter of volume 2 of the Establishment Code of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

In a situation where the charge sheet was framed and an enquiry officer was also appointed to look in to her case, she is still able to control the documents, witnesses of the enquiry while working in the same school. 

Ceylon Teachers' Union has informed the Educational Services Commission and the Minister in writings that it is problematic to conduct the enquiry while she is in the same school.

Under the condition where the charge sheet is submitted relating to admission of students to Grade 1 and an enquiry is pending, it  is a serious legal condition that she is engaging in admission of students of Grade 1 in 2021.

While a charge sheet was framed against her, she is working in the Presidential Task Force for Educational Affairs as a member appointed by the extraordinary gazette number 2169/2. 

Surprisingly, the principal of Vishaka College entertains special privileges even though other principles were dismissed and conducted the enquiries in previous occasions, when charges were framed against them.

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