Deputy Director says 85 per cent school principals bribe takers

"About 85 per cent of the school principals of national schools, central colleges and popular maha vidyalayas have been accused of taking bribes and misusing government funds. Most of these school principals are reported to have taken undue donations from parents to admit their children to grade one classes," W. M. Balasooriya, Deputy Director of Education, Bingiriya said addressing a conference of school principals of the Kurunegala district recently at Bingiriya national school.

He said that Minister of Education Susil Premjayantha has decided to take very stern measures to punish these school principals if the accusations leveled against them are proved.

However, some school principals have requested parents to contribute funds for constructing libraries, labs and shrines. School principals are not permitted to ask for funds but facilities fees. The Deputy Directors advised all school principals to take special care when distributing free text books as many students use text books carelessly at present.

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