‘Provincial schools adopt bad practice of popular counterparts’

By S. K. Kaluarachchci and Lalith Chaminda - Galle Correspondents

Southern Province Sports and Youth Affairs Minister U. G. D. Ariyatillake recently said that as a result of the practice of collecting money from children attending national schools for various projects, the children of low income families are reluctant to go to school.

That practice, he said was now being adopted by the Provincial schools as well. In one of the popular schools in Galle Rs. 1,300 had been collected from each student and children of parents who are unable to contribute this amount for economic reasons were reluctant to attend school, Ariyatillake said.

He pointed out that the meaning of free education was lost if this trend continues and that he will urge the Education Minister to send a circular to the Principals in the Provincial schools to stop this practice.

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